A bill that would completely ban abortion in Alabama has passed through the state legislature.
The Personhood Amendment was introduced in an effort to allow Alabama voters the opportunity to decide whether or not life begins at conception. The question will be posed as a referendum ballot in November’s election, and would ban abortion in the state if enacted.
“It would pretty much rule abortion out. It would rule abortion out,” Republican State Rep. Jack Williams of Alabama, a co-sponsor of the bill, told WIAT.
“Oh I feel very personally. I’m all against abortion completely. I’ve lost a daughter myself I know how precious life is. I just don’t see how anyone can at four months abort a child and throw it in the garbage can when we’ll spend $1 million on a 4 1/2 month old preemie.”
The bill passed through the legislature and is set to be presented on the House floor.
Fellow sponsor, Republican State Rep. Ed Henry of Alabama, told the Times Free Press prior to the passing of the bill that he believes in “life and protecting it” regardless of whether or not the bill could be challenged in court.
“If Alabamians believe life begins after conception, it does cause abortion to be in conflict with our values,” Henry said.
Following the bill’s passing, ACLU of Alabama executive director Susan Watson issued a statement expressing the organization’s opposition.
“The Personhood Amendment could essentially ban all abortions and some forms of birth control. We may not all agree about abortion or the question of when life begins, but we should agree that these personal decisions should remain between a woman and her family and her faith,” Watson’s statement read.
“That is why, time and again, when voters have been asked to weigh in on such extreme restrictions, they have voted to protect women’s access to reproductive health care. Similar proposals have failed by a wide margin every time it has been on the ballot.”