This week, Governor Kay Ivey signed “The Alabama Human Life Protection Act” into law, and will go into effect in six months. The bill forbids all abortions in the state of Alabama, unless “if an attending physician licensed in Alabama determines that an abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” Although there was a push for a rape or incest exception, it failed in the Alabama Senate by a vote of 11-22. But now, all successful abortions in the state, unless there is a medical emergency, are considered a Class A felony, which is ranges from a ten year to life in prison sentence.
Pro-Choicers on the left are in agreement that this bill goes too far, especially because it does not provide an option for women who are victims of rape or incest. However, conservatives are divided over the bill. A majority of people in the Christian conservative camp think that this new law is fantastic because they believe it saves lives. But the most interesting case of a conservative speaking out is Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren, who said in a tweet that “this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive. It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods.”
The internet went insane about her reaction because this is the first time liberals have actually agreed with something Tomi Lahren said. I cannot blame them either, because when Tomi Lahren says a conservative policy goes too far, it goes too far.
The President was not vocal about the issue until he released in a Facebook post Saturday night expressing his stance on abortion, that I think many moderate conservatives would agree upon. He is “strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions- Rape, Incest, and protecting the Life of the mother- the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”
This is probably the most common sense I have seen from the President in a while. With the abortion debate, extreme Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers are striving towards injustice for either the mother or the child. To say that women cannot have a choice for a body developing inside of them limits their liberty, because that person may be suffering the burden of a horrendous crime, and may not want to deal with the struggle of pregnancy. However, there is still a person developing inside of them, and the decision to have an abortion should be a thoughtful one. At the end of the day, it should be a private choice made between a pregnant person and their physician. It should not be something decided by lawmakers, or by teen political commentators.
Ideally, there would be more resources available for people to make the proper decision for themselves. The abortion debate is a tense one, and people need to be sensitive because every situation is unique.
Here are some resources to improve your understanding of the abortion debate in America today: