Alabama Representative Presents Proposal to Define Unborn as Persons, Ending Abortion

Ultrasound IIMONTGOMERY, Ala. — A bill recently presented in the Alabama legislature moves to acknowledge the unborn as persons, thus granting them the right to life and ending abortion in the state.

Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, is sponsor of H.B. 300, which would amend the Alabama Constitution to include the unborn under the definition of a person.

“The following amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, is proposed and shall become valid as a part thereof when approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon … : The term ‘persons’ as used in the Code of Alabama 1975, shall include any human being from the moment of fertilization or the functional equivalent thereof,” it reads in part.

If the bill is approved, it would be placed on the state ballot in November.

The House Health Committee heard argument over the proposal on Wednesday.

“As we talk about the stages of life … eventually, our life ends,” Henry told those gathered, according to the Montgomery Adviser. “But it all begins [somewhere], and we have to determine where it begins. And to me, science makes it clear that it begins at fertilization.”

Dr. Jim Belyeu, an OB/GYN, also testified in favor of the bill, explaining that the baby is a separate entity from his or her mother.

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“The mother only contributes the egg and the incubator,” he said. “The baby initiates the process of implantation. Scientifically, pregnancy has been long recognized at beginning at fertilization, so anything that would prevent implantation would be considered abortion.”

Brock Boone of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has expressed opposition to the move, characterizing the proposal as an “attack on women.”

“Proponents of this bill sound less and less concerned about the well-being of embryos and more and more concerned about hostility toward women,” he said.

Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery and who identifies as Methodist, and Rep. Peblin Warren, D-Tuskegee and who identifies as Presbyterian, suggested that they would be fine with protecting the unborn if they knew that born children would also be a focus of care.

“I would hope we will be equally as passionate about the 550,000 children on Medicaid,” Knight said. “We’ve got to be passionate about taking care of the children who are here, and I don’t see that same passion.”

The group Personhood Alabama has expressed support for H.B. 300 and is calling on residents to contact their state representatives and urge a yes vote for the measure.

“We expect HB300 to receive great opposition from in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics throughout the state as well as the Birmingham based National Infertility Association (RESOLVE),” it outlined on its website.

“RESOLVE has already pledged to lobby against the amendment and to force the Health Committee to change the amendment to only protect prenatal children after they have been implanted in the womb,” the group explained. “This change would allow IVF clinics to continue the barbaric and completely unnecessary practice of killing ‘undesirable’ children in the embryonic stage of life.”

Nearly 60 million children and counting have been murdered in the womb since the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade.


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  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ DavidHart-slowlyboiledfrog.com

    Meaningless. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.

    • AndrewDowling

      Slavery was legal too.

      You are so ignorant of history and the law that it’s hysterical. Only an amoral fool thinks that every law is a good law.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        He never said it was a good law.

    • Oboehner

      No, it is a court opinion, how does one person being able to murder their own child make it law? Only Congress can make law.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        The Supreme Court didn’t make any law. They overturned laws criminalizing abortion.

    • robertzaccour

      Marijuana is also illegal but states are defying that law. I think it’s time for states to defy laws that are unjust. All it takes is one state and others will follow.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        No, no state is “defying” the federal government over pot legalization. See above.

  • AndrewDowling

    In 39 states (yeah, even California) you can go to prison for causing the death of an unborn – unless, that is, you happen to be the unborn’s mother, or you work as an abortionist. So the law already recognizes than an unborn is a person – it’s a felony to kill it, unless you happen to be a professional baby-murderer.

    • Jalapeno

      Really though, those laws don’t state that the fetus is a person. It typically states specifically that either :

      -The damage is considered additional damage to the woman

      -The fetus is being treated as a person ONLY for the purposes of that law.

      • Oboehner

        “The fetus is being treated as a person ONLY for the purposes of that law.” That’s the point there genius, an unborn child is a person regardless of politics.

        • Jalapeno

          Legally? They’re not.

          Having a law say that it’s being treated as a person for that one exact purpose doesn’t change that.

          • Oboehner

            They aren’t unless they are, makes perfect sense.

          • Jalapeno

            It makes perfect sense.

            They are not unless an exception is made.

          • Oboehner

            That would be a good insanity defense at a murder trial.

          • Jalapeno

            Does the concept of an exception not make sense to you?

            “you can park here unless it’s between two and five AM on Tuesday.”

            See, that would not mean that it’s a ‘no parking’ zone, would it?

          • Oboehner

            So now we are comparing infanticide to parking?

          • Jalapeno

            Nope.

            I was explaining how an exception isn’t a confusing thing.

          • Oboehner

            …by comparing infanticide to parking.

          • Jalapeno

            By comparing one exception to another.

            Obviously you’re still confused, but oh well.

          • Oboehner

            Infanticide to parking, no confusion there. “You can live unless it’s between two and five AM on Tuesday, then you die.”

          • Jalapeno

            The confusion is on the concept of exceptions.

          • Oboehner

            No the confusion is on the concept of having exceptions at all, infanticide is NOT parking.

          • Jalapeno

            You understand that having no parking for three hours does not mean that it’s a no parking zone?

          • Diaris

            No point in wasting your time debating with someone who believes that another human being can be killed for convenience. You have a conscience, the pro-choicers do not. Trying to explain conscience to them would be like trying to explain Mozart to someone born deaf.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          No, it doesn’t. Unless you think animal cruelty laws mean that meat is illegal.

    • gizmo23

      The woman is also in on it, would you execute her as well?

      • AndrewDowling

        No one mentioned execution. Are you that ignorant that you think all felonies lead to execution? You need some education.

        • gizmo23

          First degree murder geta the death penelty in most states

          • AndrewDowling

            “Felony” and “first degree murder” are not the same thing. Many different crimes are considered felonies.

            You are extremely ignorant.

          • gizmo23

            Thanks for insult, now I can ignore you and your opinions

          • AndrewDowling

            Who cares?
            You’re nobody.
            Just one more tacky perverted jobless old troll. You’re lower than manure, and dumber.

  • Dan Jones

    It is a shame when you have to pass a law that makes an unborn child a person…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

  • robertzaccour

    States are legalizing marijuana which is violation of national law. When are states going to stand in defiance against abortion? All it takes is one state and others will follow.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      No one is “defying” national law over marijuana legalization. The states are simply repealing the laws they had on the books criminalizing marijuana.

  • gizmo23

    These laws never have passed once people figure out that it would make birth control illegal in many cases

  • Josey

    It is truly cowardly to take the life of an innocent and the weak. Just because one defines that life as not being able to survive outside of the womb as not being a human being so therefore one can legally dispose of it does not make it righteous and moral. Animals get shown more rights than a baby who has an eternal spirit and is created in the image of God. And we should be willing to care for the children here now on the earth as well as those in the womb, so much money goes towards wasteful things, selfish things instead of going to the hurting helpless little ones, God help us get our act together!

  • acontraryview

    Like the situation in Oklahoma, such action would violate constitutional protections regarding the right to abort.