MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate Republican Caucus is designating Thursday, April 20th, as Pro-Life Day at the Alabama Senate. The focus will be on passing legislation that protects the unborn and promotes a culture of life in Alabama.
“On Thursday, the Senate will take meaningful steps to protect unborn children and encourage a culture of life in Alabama,” Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) stated. “The lion’s share of people in Alabama are unashamedly pro-life and the Legislature is proud to lead the nation in protecting the weak and vulnerable in our society.”
The Senate will debate and vote on a Constitutional Amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City), to declare Alabama a pro-life state. Should the measure be approved by voters at the ballot box, the state will be ready to pass strong protections of the unborn if Roe V. Wade is ever reversed by the United States Supreme Court.
“President Donald Trump has already appointed a solid constitutionalist to the Supreme Court in Judge Neil Gorsuch. One more appointment could flip the balance of the Court in favor of overruling Roe V. Wade and returning the issue to the states,” Senator Williams pointed out. “A Constitutional Amendment declaring Alabama a pro-life state would put us in a very good position to better protect life if the Supreme Court ever revisits its own disastrous precedent.”
Senate Republicans are committed to the proposition that all persons are uniquely created by God and therefore worthy of equal respect. Recognizing that a so-called “right to die” can drift easily into a “duty to die,” Senate Republicans will uphold a culture of life in Alabama by voting to ban assisted suicide, reflecting the belief that the lives of the vulnerable are as equally valued as the lives of the young and healthy.
Lastly, Senate Republicans will move to protect the conscience rights of healthcare workers, by voting on a bill to allow healthcare providers to opt out of participating in abortions and other procedures that violate their personal religious beliefs. The bill will contain an exception for situations when the life of a patient is at risk
“Certain medical procedures are deeply moral questions of life and death. A nurse or doctor shouldn’t be punished or fired by an employer for declining to participate in a procedure that violates their deeply-held religious beliefs,” said Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville), sponsor of the legislation.
All three of these proposals have already passed the House of Representatives.
Led by President Pro Tem Del Marsh, the Alabama Senate Republican Caucus is comprised of 25 of the 35 state senators. Its members have a wide variety of professional experience, and include doctors, teachers, and businessmen. They are committed to serving the public in a way that makes Alabama the best place to own a business, raise a family, make a living, and spend retirement.