State of Alabama Archives: on Abortion


Doug Jones: Voted against bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

Q: Opinion of abortion exceptions?

Doug Jones: Voted against bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, which "could [lead] to a mother's death." Supports "a woman's freedom to choose what happens to her own body." Voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

Tommy Tuberville: Only exception to save the life of the mother. Favors state law without exceptions for rape or incest. Abortions may be seen in the future as "this generation's holocaust." Planned Parenthood should not receive taxpayer funds.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Alabama Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Tommy Tuberville: Only exception for life of mother, not rape or incest

Q: Opinion of abortion exceptions?

Tommy Tuberville: Only exception to save the life of the mother. Favors state law without exceptions for rape or incest. Abortions may be seen in the future as "this generation's holocaust." Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds.

Doug Jones: Voted against bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, which "could [lead] to a mother's death." Voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Alabama Senate race Oct 10, 2020

John Merrill: In Alabama legislature worked on laws protecting the unborn

In 2010, John ran for and won a seat in the Alabama Legislature from House District 62 representing southern and eastern Tuscaloosa County. During his time in the legislature, John was known as a reform-minded conservative. He fought for and helped pass sweeping ethics reform, legislation protecting the unborn, and worked to rein in the size of government.
Source: 2020 Alabama Senate campaign website JohnMerrill.com Jun 2, 2020

John Merrill: Fought for legislation protecting the unborn

In 2010, John ran for and won a seat in the Alabama Legislature. During his time in the legislature, John was known as a reform-minded conservative. He fought for and helped pass sweeping ethics reform, legislation protecting the unborn, and worked to rein in the size of government.
Source: Campaign website JohnMerrill.com Alabama voting record Feb 5, 2020

Tommy Tuberville: Current wave of infanticide is this generation's holocaust

A Christian conservative, I will always stand up for those who can't do so on their own. I will fight to protect the sanctity of every human life because future generations may very well look back at the current wave of infanticide sweeping across our nation as this generation's holocaust.
Source: 2020 Alabama Senate campaign website, TommyForSenate.com Jan 12, 2020

Arnold Mooney: Pro-life and pro-family

Mooney's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 Alabama Senate race Sep 9, 2019

Arnold Mooney: Supported restrictions on abortion in legislature

In the Alabama House of Representatives, Mooney's voting patterns have differed little from his GOP colleagues. He has supported restrictions on abortion and sponsored an amendment that put the state's right-to-work law--forbidding contracts that making union membership a condition of employment--in the state Constitution.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser on Alabama voting record May 6, 2019

John Rogers: To abortion foes: You kill them now or you kill them later

The irascible 78-year-old Democrat who has served in the Alabama House since 1982 isn't backing away from the barrage he launched last week against HB314, the Alabama House Republicans' anti-abortion bill. Soon after the House passed the bill, the Birmingham representative ignited a firestorm of criticism: "So, you kill them now or you kill them later," he said. "You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later."
Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB314 May 6, 2019

Walt Maddox: Anti-abortion but pro-law: don't waste time on new laws

Running in the wake of a series of Republican scandals, Maddox said the major accomplishment out of Montgomery in recent years has been, "to take us to the most corrupt state in the nation." Maddox has described himself as personally against abortion, but says he is also "pro-law" and the state should not waste time passing restrictions that are destined to get struck down by the courts.
Source: Tuscaloosa News on 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial race May 13, 2018

Doug Jones: It's a woman's intensely personal decision

Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Jones: No. It has to be a woman's choice, an "intensely personal decision that only she, in consultation with her God, her doctor, her partner or family " can make. "Having said that, the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That's what I support."

Moore: Yes. Every abortion should be illegal, without exceptions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on 2017 Alabama Senate race Nov 1, 2017

Roy Moore: The Bible consistently protects the life of preborn persons

Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Jones: No. It has to be a woman's choice, an "intensely personal decision that only she, in consultation with her God, her doctor, her partner or family " can make.

Moore: Yes. Every abortion should be illegal, without exceptions: "The Bible, rightly divided, consistently protects the life of preborn persons from murder and assault as equally as it does those already born."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on 2017 Alabama Senate race Nov 1, 2017

Chris Countryman: Supports choice and women's health care

In favor of supporting a woman's right to choose regarding their parenting options during and after pregnancy. In favor of providing educational resources and counseling services to low income women, through government funded women's health care organizations, regarding their parenting options during pregnancy. In favor of supporting women's health care organizations that provide vital healthcare services for women.
Source: 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial website RethinkAlabama1 Sep 1, 2017

Luther Strange: Permanently cut off funding for Planned Parenthood

Luther Strange supports cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, permanently.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate campaign website LutherStrange.com Aug 31, 2017

Roy Moore: Opposes abortion & funding Planned Parenthood

I oppose abortion and all other threats to the traditional family order. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion should be stopped.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate campaign website RoyMoore.org Aug 31, 2017

Doug Jones: I stand with Planned Parenthood

I will defend women's access to contraception and a woman's right to choose and fight any legislation or executive action that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women. Planned Parenthood provides essential preventative and
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate website DougJonesForSenate.com Aug 17, 2017

Roy Moore: Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion

Moore said, "I know and I think you do, too, that the foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously. Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion. Our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court. Our rights and liberties are in jeopardy."
Source: Birmingham News on 2017 Alabama Senate special election Apr 26, 2017

Kay Ivey: Religious/ethical exemption for health care providers

HB95: This bill would give health care providers the authority to refuse to perform or to participate in health care services that violate their conscience; immunity from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for refusing to participate in a health care service that violates their conscience.

Analysis by the ACLU of Alabama: Healthcare providers are exempted from performing certain services related to abortion, sterilization, stem cell research, and cloning based on their religious or ethical beliefs. The bill stipulates an exception for emergencies, but it still allows for discriminatory behavior such as pharmacists who refuse to sell certain contraceptives and doctors who refuse to treat a patient who has had an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-11-30, Roll #330 on Mar/16/2017; Passed Senate 23-7-0, Roll #663 on Apr/20/2017; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/20/2017.

Source: ACLU analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB95 Apr 20, 2017

Vivian Davis Figures: No religious exemption for health care providers

HB95: This bill would give health care providers the authority to refuse to perform or to participate in health care services that violate their conscience; immunity from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for refusing to participate in a health care service that violates their conscience.

Analysis by the ACLU of Alabama: Healthcare providers are exempted from performing certain services related to abortion, sterilization, stem cell research, and cloning based on their religious or ethical beliefs. The bill stipulates an exception for emergencies, but it still allows for discriminatory behavior such as pharmacists who refuse to sell certain contraceptives and doctors who refuse to treat a patient who has had an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-11-30, Roll #330 on Mar/16/2017; Passed Senate 23-7-0, Roll #663 on Apr/20/2017; State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures voted NO; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/20/2017.

Source: ACLU analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB95 Apr 20, 2017

Arnold Mooney: Religious/ethical exemption for health care providers

HB95: This bill would give health care providers the authority to refuse to perform or to participate in health care services that violate their conscience; immunity from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for refusing to participate in a health care service that violates their conscience.

Analysis by the ACLU of Alabama: Healthcare providers are exempted from performing certain services related to abortion, sterilization, stem cell research, and cloning based on their religious or ethical beliefs. The bill stipulates an exception for emergencies, but it still allows for discriminatory behavior such as pharmacists who refuse to sell certain contraceptives and doctors who refuse to treat a patient who has had an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-11-30, Roll #330 on Mar/16/2017; State Rep. Arnold Mooney sponsored and voted YES;Passed Senate 23-7-0, Roll #663 on Apr/20/2017; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/20/2017.

Source: ACLU analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB95 Mar 16, 2017

Barry Moore: Religious/ethical exemption for health care providers

HB95: This bill would give health care providers the authority to refuse to perform or to participate in health care services that violate their conscience; immunity from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for refusing to participate in a health care service that violates their conscience.

Analysis by the ACLU of Alabama: Healthcare providers are exempted from performing certain services related to abortion, sterilization, stem cell research, and cloning based on their religious or ethical beliefs. The bill stipulates an exception for emergencies, but it still allows for discriminatory behavior such as pharmacists who refuse to sell certain contraceptives and doctors who refuse to treat a patient who has had an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 63-11-30, Roll #330 on Mar/16/2017; State Rep. Barry Moore voted YES;Passed Senate 23-7-0, Roll #663 on Apr/20/2017; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/20/2017.

Source: ACLU analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB95 Mar 16, 2017

Richard Shelby: Roe v. Wade flawed on both a constitutional & moral basis

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Shelby: I am resolutely pro-life and believe that the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which it decided that abortion is a constitutional right, is terribly flawed on both a constitutional and moral basis. I believe that it is our ethical and moral duty to protect the dignity of human life, particularly when it comes to the lives of the most vulnerable members of the human race. I have consistently voted to prevent the use of any federal funds to perform abortions. I am also a cosponsor of S. 1553, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." S. 1553 would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks with the exception of saving the mother's life or in the event of rape or incest.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Alabama Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Robert Bentley: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants

Legislative Summary: HB45: Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act: To allow parents of deceased unborn infants to provide a dignified final disposition of the bodily remains of these infants. This bill would prohibit the sale of the bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant. This bill would also prohibit the use of or the fetal tissue, organs, or bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant in research or experimentation.

Analysis by Snopes.com: [This bill stems from a 2015 video claiming that fetal body parts were being sold]. Planned Parenthood said, "The promotional video has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 76-24-5, Roll #35 on Feb/16/2016; Passed Senate 31-3-1, Roll #529 on Apr/5/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/7/2016.

Source: Snopes.com on Alabama legislative voting record HB45 Apr 7, 2016

Bill Hightower: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants

Legislative Summary: HB45: Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act: To allow parents of deceased unborn infants to provide a dignified final disposition of the bodily remains of these infants. This bill would prohibit the sale of the bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant. This bill would also prohibit the use of or the fetal tissue, organs, or bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant in research or experimentation.

Analysis by Snopes.com: [This bill stems from a 2015 video claiming that fetal body parts were being sold]. Planned Parenthood said, "The promotional video has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 76-24-5, Roll #35 on Feb/16/2016; Passed Senate 31-3-1, Roll #529 on Apr/5/2016; State Sen. Bill Hightower voted YES; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/7/2016.

Source: Snopes.com on Alabama legislative voting record HB45 Apr 5, 2016

Vivian Davis Figures: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants

Legislative Summary: HB45: Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act: To allow parents of deceased unborn infants to provide a dignified final disposition of the bodily remains of these infants. This bill would prohibit the sale of the bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant. This bill would also prohibit the use of or the fetal tissue, organs, or bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant in research or experimentation.

Analysis by Snopes.com: [This bill stems from a 2015 video claiming that fetal body parts were being sold]. Planned Parenthood said, "The promotional video has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 76-24-5, Roll #35 on Feb/16/2016; Passed Senate 31-3-1, Roll #529 on Apr/5/2016; State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures voted YES; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/7/2016.

Source: Snopes.com on Alabama legislative voting record HB45 Apr 5, 2016

Arnold Mooney: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants

Legislative Summary: HB45: Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act: To allow parents of deceased unborn infants to provide a dignified final disposition of the bodily remains of these infants. This bill would prohibit the sale of the bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant. This bill would also prohibit the use of or the fetal tissue, organs, or bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant in research or experimentation.

Analysis by Snopes.com: [This bill stems from a 2015 video claiming that fetal body parts were being sold]. Planned Parenthood said, "The promotional video has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 76-24-5, Roll #35 on Feb/16/2016; State Rep. Arnold Mooney voted YES; Passed Senate 31-3-1, Roll #529 on Apr/5/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/7/2016.

Source: Snopes.com on Alabama legislative voting record HB45 Feb 16, 2016

Barry Moore: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants

Legislative Summary: HB45: Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act: To allow parents of deceased unborn infants to provide a dignified final disposition of the bodily remains of these infants. This bill would prohibit the sale of the bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant. This bill would also prohibit the use of or the fetal tissue, organs, or bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant in research or experimentation.

Analysis by Snopes.com: [This bill stems from a 2015 video claiming that fetal body parts were being sold]. Planned Parenthood said, "The promotional video has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 76-24-5, Roll #35 on Feb/16/2016; State Rep. Barry Moore voted YES; Passed Senate 31-3-1, Roll #529 on Apr/5/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/7/2016.

Source: Snopes.com on Alabama legislative voting record HB45 Feb 16, 2016

John Rogers: No additional laws restricting use of fetal tissue

Legislative Summary: HB45: Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act: To allow parents of deceased unborn infants to provide a dignified final disposition of the bodily remains of these infants. This bill would prohibit the sale of the bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant. This bill would also prohibit the use of or the fetal tissue, organs, or bodily remains of a deceased unborn infant in research or experimentation.

Analysis by Snopes.com: [This bill stems from a 2015 video claiming that fetal body parts were being sold]. Planned Parenthood said, "The promotional video has used deceptive and unethical video editing, and created a fake medical website as well as a fake human tissue website that purports to provide services to stem cell researchers."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 76-24-5, Roll #35 on Feb/16/2016; State Rep. John Rogers voted NO; Passed Senate 31-3-1, Roll #529 on Apr/5/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/7/2016.

Source: Snopes.com on Alabama legislative voting record HB45 Feb 16, 2016

Marcus Bowman: Life begins at conception

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right?"

A: Strongly oppose. Life begins at conception and every effort should be made to protect life from its earliest stage. Following the 10th Amendment can be a way that states can have their own approach on this issue.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Agree

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Best to end abortion, but not by making it a crime

It is my personal belief that abortion is a practice that we should do our best to end in our society, but making the act of having an abortion a crime does not advance that goal, it puts the lives of women in jeopardy and violates the rights guaranteed to all Americans under the United States Constitution.

In 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman's right to have an abortion is constitutionally protected, and I agree with that ruling. The history in this country shows that prior to Roe when abortion was illegal in most of the country, that imposing criminal sanctions did not solve the problem, it compounded it.

If you want to solve the problem then you have to treat the cause. If we wish to reduce the number of abortions in this country, it will take changes in what we teach our young people about sex and birth control. It will also require that birth control is available to the general public.

Source: 2016 Alabama Senate campaign website, CrumptonForAlabama.com Aug 7, 2015

Kay Ivey: Signed amicus brief to stop abortions after 20 weeks

As a member of the Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-Life Women's Caucus, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey signed on to a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief appealing the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to overturn Arizona's law stopping abortions after 20 weeks. The Women's Health and Safety Act--Questionable Supreme Court rulings have eliminated the state's ability to prohibit abortions altogether. However, states may enact meaningful abortion-related reforms, and the Women's Health and Safety Act is such a measure. With this bill, House Republicans make clear that should a woman choose to have an abortion, it should be performed in the safest pre-and-post operative environment available. Specifically, this legislation would require direct physician involvement and set mandatory standards for nursing care and post-operative follow- up visits at abortion clinics as well as establishing severe penalties for non-compliance.
Source: 2014 Alabama Lt. Governor campaign website KayIvey.org Oct 30, 2014

Gary Palmer: I will vote to protect the right to life

Life is sacred; it is granted by God and protected by the Constitution. It is the duty of government to protect the right to life. I will vote to protect the right to life.
Source: 2014 AL-6 House campaign website, PalmerForAlabama.com Sep 30, 2014

Robert Bentley: Do everything to protect those who cannot protect themselves

I will always firmly uphold these Truths which are self-evident, that all men are created equal. That all are given, by their Creator, the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The most vulnerable, the most helpless, the most abused & the most oppressed. The elderly, the ill--and especially the unborn--everyone has been endowed with the Right to a Life. I will do everything as Governor to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and protect our Freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
Source: 2014 Alabama Gubernatorial website, BentleyForGovernor.com Sep 1, 2014

Nikema Williams: Abortion clinic restrictions don't increase health or safety

Legislative Summary: HB57: Women's Health and Safety Act: This bill would provide comprehensive standards [including] physician involvement in abortion or reproductive health centers, and admitting privileges at local hospital required. This bill would require reporting of name of minor child to Human Resources.

CNN analysis: Gov. Bentley signed a law that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America." Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, said that "medical experts agree that laws requiring admitting privileges for abortion don't increase health or safety for a woman. They just limit a woman's access to safe and legal abortion. This dangerous law [is a] blatant attack on women's health and rights," she said.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 68-21-1, Roll #253 on 4/2/13; Passed Senate 25-4-6, Roll #278 on 4/2013; Signed by Gov. Bentley on 4/9/13.

Source: CNN analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB57 Apr 9, 2013

Robert Bentley: Increase restrictions for abortion clinics to operate

Legislative Summary: HB57: Women's Health and Safety Act: This bill would provide comprehensive standards [including] physician involvement in abortion or reproductive health centers, and admitting privileges at local hospital required. This bill would require reporting of name of minor child to Human Resources, and reporting the name of the father of the unborn child to law enforcement in certain circumstances.

CNN analysis: Bentley signed a law that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America." Nikema Williams of Planned Parenthood [said] the new law's requirements would shut down clinics: "Medical experts agree that laws requiring admitting privileges for abortion don't increase health or safety for a woman. They just limit a woman's access to safe and legal abortion."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 68-21-1, Roll #253 on Apr/2/2013; Passed Senate 25-4-6, Roll #278 on Apr/2/2013; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Apr/9/2013.

Source: CNN analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB57 Apr 9, 2013

Barry Moore: Increase restrictions for abortion clinics to operate

Legislative Summary: HB57: Women's Health and Safety Act: This bill would provide comprehensive standards [including] physician involvement in abortion or reproductive health centers, and admitting privileges at local hospital required. This bill would require reporting of name of minor child to Human Resources, and reporting the name of the father of the unborn child to law enforcement in certain circumstances.

CNN analysis: Bentley signed a law that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America." Nikema Williams of Planned Parenthood [said] the new law's requirements would shut down clinics: "Medical experts agree that laws requiring admitting privileges for abortion don't increase health or safety for a woman. They just limit a woman's access to safe and legal abortion."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 68-21-1, Rep. Moore voted YES; Roll #253 on 4/2/13; Passed Senate 25-4-6, Roll #278 on 4/2013; Signed by Gov. Bentley on 4/9/13.

Source: CNN analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB57 Apr 2, 2013

Bill Hightower: Increase restrictions for abortion clinics to operate

Legislative Summary: HB57: Women's Health and Safety Act: This bill would provide comprehensive standards [including] physician involvement in abortion or reproductive health centers, and admitting privileges at local hospital required. This bill would require reporting of name of minor child to Human Resources, and reporting the name of the father of the unborn child to law enforcement in certain circumstances.

CNN analysis: Bentley signed a law that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America." Nikema Williams of Planned Parenthood [said] the new law's requirements would shut down clinics: "Medical experts agree that laws requiring admitting privileges for abortion don't increase health or safety for a woman. They just limit a woman's access to safe and legal abortion."

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 68-21-1 Roll#253 on 4/2/13; Passed Senate 25-4-6 Roll#278 on 4/2/2013; Sen. Hightower voted YES; Signed by Gov. Bentley on 4/9/13.

Source: CNN analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB57 Apr 2, 2013

Vivian Davis Figures: No additional restrictions for abortion clinics to operate

Legislative Summary: HB57: Women's Health and Safety Act: This bill would provide comprehensive standards [including] physician involvement in abortion or reproductive health centers, and admitting privileges at local hospital required. This bill would require reporting of name of minor child to Human Resources, and reporting the name of the father of the unborn child to law enforcement in certain circumstances.

CNN analysis: Bentley signed a law that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America." Nikema Williams of Planned Parenthood [said] the new law's requirements would shut down clinics: "Medical experts agree that laws requiring admitting privileges for abortion don't increase health or safety for a woman. They just limit a woman's access to safe and legal abortion."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 68-21-1 Roll#253 on 4/2/13; Passed Senate 25-4-6 Roll#278 on 4/2/2013; Sen. Figures voted NO; Signed by Gov. Bentley on 4/9/13.

Source: CNN analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB57 Apr 2, 2013

John Rogers: Encourage identifying father before allowing abortion

Legislative Summary: HB57: Women's Health and Safety Act: This bill would provide comprehensive standards [including] physician involvement in abortion or reproductive health centers, and admitting privileges at local hospital required. This bill would require reporting the name of the father of the unborn child to law enforcement in certain circumstances. Rep. Rogers introduced an amendment that read, "The identity of the father is encouraged to be identified at all times, including, prior to the termination of the pregnancy."

CNN analysis: Gov. Bentley signed HB57 which he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 68-21-1, Roll #253 on 4/2/13; Passed Senate 25-4-6, Roll #278 on 4/2013; Signed by Gov. Bentley on 4/9/13. Rep. Rogers voted NO on the final bill, after his amendment failed. The amendment was rejected 22-66-15; roll call #43 on Feb. 19, 2013.

Source: CNN analysis of Alabama legislative voting record HB57 Feb 19, 2013

Robert Bentley: Right to Life applies to most vulnerable & most helpless

When I took the Oath of Office, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alabama. I am, and have always been, a strong supporter of the Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded. The 10th Amendment, which guarantees those powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, or to the people.

I will always firmly uphold these Truths which are self-evident, that all men are created equal. That all are given, by their Creator, the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The most vulnerable, the most helpless, the most abused & the most oppressed. The elderly, the ill--and especially the unborn--everyone has been endowed with the Right to a Life. I will do everything as Governor to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and protect our Freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

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