MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Thursday, a day designated as “Pro-Life Day” by Senate Republicans, the Alabama Senate passed three major pieces of pro-life legislation: a ban on assisted suicide, a Constitutional Amendment to declare Alabama a pro-life state, and a protection of healthcare workers’ rights of conscience.
“I’m proud of my colleagues for protecting unborn children and standing up for the sanctity of life in Alabama,” Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) stated.
The Senate approved House Bill 98, 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 of Alabama will be ready to pass strong protections of the unborn if Roe V. Wade is ever reversed by the United States Supreme Court.
“We are one conservative appointment away from flipping the balance of the Court in favor of overruling Roe V. Wade and returning the issue to the states,” Williams pointed out. “This Constitutional Amendment declaring Alabama a pro-life state gives us a jumpstart on the issue.”
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 have upheld 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 took a firm stance to protect the conscience rights of healthcare workers, by approving legislation to allow healthcare providers to opt out of participating in abortions and other procedures that violate their personal religious beliefs. The bill, sponsored by Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville), will contain an exception for when the life of a patient is at stake.
“Certain medical procedures like abortions are deeply moral questions of life and death. A nurse shouldn’t be punished or fired by a hospital for declining to participate in an abortion,” remarked Sanford.
Thursday’s work caps a busy week in the Senate. On Tuesday, the body approved a measure to repeal the requirement for conceal-carry gun permits and legislation to protect the religious rights of faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
“Republicans are committed to protecting Alabamians’ Second Amendment rights and religious liberties, as well as the right-to-life of the unborn,” Reed continued. “We finally have a conservative president in the White House and the Legislature has an excellent relationship with our new Governor, Kay Ivey. So, we are moving forward with proposals that protect the personal liberties of all Alabamians.”
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.