Alabama abortion law is not pro-life
The Republican Party in Alabama has proven how low it will go. While I may not be pro-abortion, I do not believe it is my job to enforce my beliefs through legal actions on others — more specifically women.
News flash: No woman gets pregnant on her own. There is always a male involved. Yet this predominantly white male party in Alabama (and the country) has decided to put the lives of women in danger and hold doctors liable with a felony charge.
This is not a pro-life law. This is one minority party and group of people trying to impose their will or beliefs on others. The Republican Party has decided it is better for a child to be born to a parent or parents who do not want the child. We can debate contraception and its use, as well as the fact that the Trump administration has reduced funding for Planned Parenthood. We can also debate the real purpose of this law.
They want to eliminate a woman’s choice throughout this country. For those of you who believe justice is blind, I submit you are blind to justice. A sponsor of this bill, Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican and a woman, and Gov. Kay Ivey, also a Republican and a woman, openly state they want it challenged up to the Supreme Court so that Roe v. Wade can be overturned. They recognize that the not-so-blind Supreme Court is now stacked with justices whose ideology is aligned with theirs.
So, I have a suggestion. Every member of the Alabama Legislature who voted in favor of this bill and the governor who signed it into law should post their addresses on a public website and in hospitals. Then when women are forced by law to give birth to children they do not want, these children should immediately be placed in the homes of these folks. An allocation process can be worked out.
I know this sounds absurd, but what is most likely to happen is these children will become wards of the state. The men who passed this bill will go on living their lives while the old folks of Alabama will be saddled with the bill to care for these children. Or worse, which is my fear, these children will go home to a parent or parents who will abuse them. Or some grandparents will be forced to raise the children.
Way to go, Alabama!
James Keown lives in Garden Ridge.