Alabama House Advances State Constitutional Amendment Declaring Right to Life for Unborn

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama House of Representatives has advanced a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would declare the public policy of Alabama as supporting the right to life for for the unborn.

House Bill 98 was introduced by Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, who says that the amendment is needed in the event that the Supreme Court ever sends the issue of abortion back to the states.

“The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the Alabama Constitution is never interpreted to provide for rights to an abortion of public funding for abortion,” he told AL.com

However, Fridy also noted that the legislation would not immediately make abortion illegal in the state—it would only have sway if the courts gave power back to the states on the matter. Some pro-life Americans don’t believe that states should wait for an overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“This bill does not impact the interpretation of federal law,” Fridy stated. “It restricts our state Supreme Court, or any other court of our state, from finding in the constitution of Alabama a right to an abortion.”

“This state acknowledges, declares, and affirms that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life,” H.B. 98 reads in part. “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”

The bill, if passed, would authorize the matter to then go up for a vote on the state election ballot.

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State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, expressed opposition to the legislation, asserting that pro-lifers are only pro-birth and do not care about children after they are born.

“You’re always focusing on the fetus, but once that child is born, you don’t want to expand Medicaid, you want to cut back on food stamps, you don’t want to invest in education. Child abuse is on the rise. Nothing involving children is on the agenda except abortion. That’s hypocrisy to me,” Todd, a lesbian, asserted.

However, the measure passed the House overwhelmingly 67-14 on Thursday and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

As previously reported, in December, the Alabama Supreme Court declared that unborn children are human beings whether or not at the point of viability and therefore are entitled to legal protection. The ruling centered on a  woman’s wrongful death lawsuit against an OB/GYN accused of contributing to the death of her unborn child.

The court largely based its decision on an amendment in Alabama’s Homicide Act, which “changed the definition of a ‘person’ who could be a victim of homicide to include ‘an unborn child in utero at any stage of development, regardless of viability.”

“Unborn children, whether they have reached the ability to survive outside their mother’s womb or not, are human beings and thus persons entitled to the protections of the law—both civil and criminal,” also read a concurrence from Justice Thomas Parker. “It should be all the more intolerable in Alabama, where the express, emphatic public policy of our state is to uphold the value of unborn life.”

“Members of the judicial branch of Alabama should do all within their power to dutifully ensure that the laws of Alabama are applied equally to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, both born and unborn,” he said.


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  • Amos Moses

    Again ……….

    Miraculous: Clump Of Cells Transforms Into Fully Formed Baby Upon Womb Exit
    March 16, 2017

  • Chris

    So is Alabama going to vote for more money to be given to poor mothers so they can afford to raise these kids? Or does the government only care about the unborn right up until birth and then they don’t care less?

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      If one works hard, no one starves in America. Let children live.

      • Bob Johnson

        Nearly 3 million children is America experience hunger on a daily basis and 13 million American children live in homes with limited access to food. What do you suggest – repeal of our child labor laws?

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          USA feeds the entire world and 2/3 of the US population is over-weight. The problem is unfair distribution of food within. If the grown people do not kill the unborn babies and do not get into addiction and divorce and other immorality, we can always help each other and become happy again. Murdered children can never be retrieved, but poor children can be fed and made live happily.

          • Bob Johnson

            “USA feeds the entire world”
            No we don’t feed the whole world, in fact, we import almost as much food as we export.

            “The problem is unfair distribution of food within. “
            Our new administration is committed to preventing unfair distribution. No more will the wealth be redistributed to the undeserving.

            Poverty, “the working poor” are the source of childhood hunger in America, not drug addiction or divorce, and it is very hard to be happy when all you want is for the hunger to go away.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            But the US land produces abundant food. American forefathers created a Christian nation where any person can be prosperous by working hard. Poverty happens by illiteracy or laziness or dependancy or addiction or by all four in the USA. Liberals fuels all four among the people so they can control the people. The USA has been the richest, mightiest nation on earth because of the Puritan working ethics. Itstoday’s top problem is immorality and addiction, not poverty.

          • Fur Hunter

            Hey Bob……My comment to all those against abortion is a question. How many unwanted children have you adopted? If their answer is…’none’….I tell them to shut their stupid mouths until they have. Actions speak louder than words.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Adoption is not the only good and possible thing to do. There are many kinds of charity works. Ex-christian West’s immorality causes the widest and deepest grief in the world. Christian Americans alone will stand.

          • Fur Hunter

            Grace, Sweetie. …I have a question to ask you. How many unwanted children have you adopted? I want to know. How many? If your answer is ‘none’……then SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTH. Actions speak louder than words. If you are against abortion….then adopt unwanted children or shut your f-ing mouth.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Some people can’t adopt but can help out by fasting and praying and volunteering in orphanages and prisons and hospitals and streets and having visitations. Yes, actions speak. You must not use dirty words. Every Christian does what he or she can. It’s a FACT that this planet especially the USA can NEVER have food-shortage. A simple math. It’s the American perv slave-owners who are starving the mankind. Stop bullying the Christians but go to church and hear God’s Word and repent of your sin to get saved. Read John chapter 3.

          • Fur Hunter

            Grace….Do you live in the real world? Do ever read the stuff you write? Do you know you are so ignorant and uneducated on so many subjects on which you comment? And you quote from and tell people to read a book, that was written by men, not God, over 1500 years ago. A book that has so many untruths in it, it isn’t funny. Do you actually believe that everything, the universe and the earth were created in 6 days? Not millions of years, but 6 days? If Adam and Eve had two sons and one killed the other, the son then went out and married. Who did he marry? That book never said God made more people. Who did he marry? And what about the dinosaurs? Are they just a figment of our imagination? Oh…and who is it that told you THAT BOOK is the word of God? Did God come down and tell you? If He did, you need psychiatric help. If your minister or someone in the church told you….they are people that usually have an agenda…..PEOPLE LIE! And which version are you reading…the Catholic version or the King James or some other revised edition? Now….if they really are the word of God….they should all be exactly the same, because God would not say one thing in one and not the other, would He? Well…Sweetie….let me clue you in. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME!!! So…which one is right? Which one is actually the word of God? Do you get it yet?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Here is the irrefutable logic: Non-Americans are immoral bad and Christian Americans are good and noble; therefore the Holy Bible is absolutely right.

          • Fur Hunter

            Grace….So…you believe that everything was created in 6 days, as it says in that book. It also says…’go to the four corners of the earth and preach the gospel.’ Because of that, the church taught, during the Middle Ages that the earth was flat. I guess you still believe the earth is flat, because that is what it indicates in that book. And..’Non-Americans are immoral bad’…that’s what you said. So I guess your relatives, obviously from outside the country, by your last name…..were immoral and bad. Yeah. Grace….I feel sorry for you….and that is ‘absolutely right’. Goodbye, Grace. Goodbye.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I mean that Non-Christian Americans are immoral bad and Christian Americans are good and noble and that proves the Holy Bible is absolutely right. I was in a hurry; I fixed the text now. Non-Westerners were just illiterate and had some barbarisms but the white Christian missionaries were compassionate and brought the cure.

            The earth looks flat being very big, and that’s why people everywhere believed the earth was flat. We still use four directions. The Holy Bible talks about the world being a circle-shaped and hainging on nothing and the space bending and the sun having a tent. The world has many indications it’s much younger than what evolutionists want to believe. God created us a finished universe. Read all of the Holy Bible.

          • Fur Hunter

            Grace…..I hate to tell you, but you are so ignorant and uneducated, it isn’t even funny.. Goodbye.

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      Thank you SO much for showing the logic, reason, and morality of the spiritually-dead!!

      One must only wonder why you stopped short of just outright saying the babies are better off dead. Or rather the living adults are better off with the babies being dead. Why didn’t you just come right out and say you don’t want your taxes going to pay for babies to be taken care of?

      Aside from that, when did it become the Government’s job to pay mothers to raise their kids?

    • Croquet Player

      Children are the responsibility of their PARENTS, not taxpayers.

      • Chris

        But it’s the taxpayers who are forcing the women to be mothers and give birth to these children. You can’t, on the one hand claim you care about an unborn, and then, the moment they’re born condemn them to a life of poverty and not care at all.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        No, evey child is the true treasure of all nations. No child should get killed. Planet Earth will be punished because mankind kill unborn children.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Yes, human life starts at conception. Psalm 139. The unborns are fully human and not sub-humans; they shoiuld not be killed for someone else’s inconvenience. All children have rights to life.

  • Yuria Londor

    Waste of time because the current federal law declares that a right to life for unborn already exists, thats part of what Roe vs. Wade established.

    If you want to change the current legal declaration of what constitutes a fetus vs. unborn then you need to change the Viability Line portion of the Roe vs. Wade court case.

    And in order to do that, you’d need to bring a case before the Supreme Court.

    In order to even make it that far, you’d have to prove you have legal standing to present such a case before the Supreme Court.

    Legal standing is defined as either financial, or physical, harm you are receiving because abortion exists.

    As it stands, no one in this entire country has legal standing.

    Good luck though.