The War On Women Continues: Alabama Is Preparing To Pass More Anti-Choice Legislation

stock-footage-looping-movie-of-the-alabama-state-flag-waving-in-the-wind-with-lightly-clouded-blue-sky-backgroundThis morning, a friend sent me a link reporting that Alabama is preparing for the newest round in the War on Women – reproductive rights to be precise. An ACLU blog is reporting that Alabama Senate lawmakers are preparing to hold debate on a bill that would allow hospitals and medical professionals to refuse to assist in any procedure related to ending a pregnancy – even for a miscarriage.

This week, the Alabama Senate is set to consider a cruel bill that would permit the hospital staff, including any doctor, nurse, counselor, or lab technician, to refuse to participate in any phase of patient medical care related to ending a pregnancy, even if that is what a patient like this woman needs to protect her own health and future fertility.

Yes, you heard that right. Under this law, if you or a loved one is pregnant and go to an emergency room in Alabama because of serious complications, every medical professional in that emergency room could refuse to help you if the care you needed to protect you from serious harm to your health required ending the pregnancy. (Source

Unfortunately, the ACLU blog didn’t link to the actual bill, or even give the name of the bill. So I had to fire up my trusty Google search skills, pour another cup of coffee and go looking.

After scanning the entire roster of Senate legislation, I went to the House (where the bill originated) and found HB 31, the “Health Care Rights of Conscience Act” which is the bill the original blog addressed. This legislation allows for a person to not only refuse to provide medical services involved with ending a pregnancy, but also for sterilization including vasectomy. It does require the objecting party to provide at least 24 hours notice of their objection to involvement and a healthcare provider is not exempt from liability if it is an emergency situation in which the life of the woman is threatened, so the hypothetical scenario presented in the blog is not that realistic.

Is this a bad bill? Yes it is, but it isn’t a “the sky is falling” piece of legislation either. Alabama already has extreme anti-choice legislation on the books so this isn’t a major change to the status quo other than to throw another bone to the religious right ahead of the 2014 election. The “Health Care Rights of Conscience Act” passed the House on a 76-21 vote with 2 abstaining on January 21st, and most likely will be signed into law by Governor Robert J. Bentley after it passes the Senate.

I just find it highly hypocritical that the same Alabama Senate is currently also considering SB 220 which contains language that prohibits the state from setting up any sort of healthcare exchange, a system that would benefit women and children who need healthcare access. Once again, a Republican-dominated state legislature has shown us that they like to talk a big game about being “pro-life” but once you’re actually born, they couldn’t care less about you.


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  • Jim Bean

    You’re a hard worker, Allen, I’ll give you that. I’m not sure how much traffic your site gets but I hope it grows because I think robust debate of issues is socially beneficial. How about doing some articles on the Left’s War On Whites, War On Old White People, War On Conservatives, War On Law Abiding Gun Owners, War On Individual Liberty, War On The Constitution, War On Christians, War On Christmas, War On Ambitious/Successful People, War On Republicans, War On Sarah Palin, War On Fiscal Responsibility, and War On Our Grandchildren?

    • Pipercat

      War on logic….

    • BoiseBoy

      But…you forgot “Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi…..”

      • Jim Bean

        No, I didn’t forget it. The Armed Forces Committee report ended that debate. But by that time, the realities of Obamacare had already ended any dispute about whether or not he’s a pathological liar.

      • Pipercat

        Red herring for breaky I see…

    • Can’tStandTheIdocyAnymore

      So Jim you might want to look up Cognitive Dissonance since you are clearly suffering with it.

      • Jim Bean

        I’ll look that up if you’ll look up my current favorite “maladaptive behavior.” Deal?

    • TheOneWhoNocks

      It always amuses me when I see someone bring up a “War On Christians,” considering the number of actual wars Christians were the cause of.

      • Jim Bean

        That is true. That was a while ago though and whether too much time has passed to credibly associate the current war on them with those long ago atrocities is arguable. For comparison, I have no doubt that 1000 years from now, certain groups will still be claiming they are suffering horribly from the effects of slavery and that they need some immediate accommodations to make it ‘right’. That will be arguable as well.

      • Mark

        Jim is definitely as entitled to his opinions as are those on the left. He is correct that a robust debate on issues is a good thing. Folks on BOTH sides of the political spectrum too often resort to name calling and sarcasm when confronted with an opposing argument. We can at the very least agree to disagree and treat each other with respect.

    • strayaway

      Or the war on the unborn. Alabama women should flee to New York where the new abortion-expanding Women’s Equality Act which allows late term babies to be killed by sliding a needle filled with a chemical agent, such as digoxin, into the beating heart, before being delivered. Previously, doctors had to cut the baby into pieces and put the parts together to make sure nothing was left behind. This is Progress!

    • FD Brian

      You have a lot of made up wars going on in your head.

    • MLR

      War on Christmas? What a f***kn joke. You people were up in arms because a doodle honored a deeply Christian man that you people confused for a rebel. In fact, that Christian man was also an AMERICAN citizen! You all wouldn’t know true Christianity if it slapped you in the face. And no, Christmas isn’t about Santa Claus!

  • Cemetery Girl

    The law isn’t actually dire, but it can make a difference to a woman’s health. In 2010 I had to have a D&C because I had a blighted ovum (basically, egg fertilizes, attaches, then fails to devolop). I had the procedure done at 11 weeks (no, any die hard pro-lifers, a “baby was not harmed because at 6 weeks, with their ultrasound, a heartbeat should be detected and after weekly ultrasounds for over a month a heartbeat was never detected, so based on how long I had been medically confirmed pregnant there was no way it could have been a successful pregnancy.) Despite the fact that the pregnancy couldn’t result in a child, my body was taking its time expelling the contents. Allowing tissue that has stopped

  • MLR

    I refuse to call these people “pro-life” because they are not. They are ant-choice because they are a controlling bunch that have nothing better to do than to be in everyone else’s business. How can they be pro-life and not care about saving the mother’s life if her life is threatened? Most pregnant women are already moms, they are someone’s wife, someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, and so on. If these people were really pro-life they would care about the life of the mother because she is a human being, not an incubator and they would be outraged at the number of children that get killed by gun violence (like Newtown). It would be nice if they used that same level of energy to save children that are already born. But I guess it’s easier to harass poor pregnant women than a nut job with a gun.

  • Stephen Barlow

    This is closer to legal murder than SYG. these people are licensed with the state to provide life saving care.

    • Preadn

      That’s how the state’s going to cover it’s collective ass. The above states that a medical professional is not free from liability if any harm is done because of their refusal. Alabama just gives them the right to refuse treatment if they “disagree,” not tell them they have to. Hopefully, it doesn’t protect their licensing in the state, though. Not helping save one persons life in a hospital because it might destroy a fetus kind of flies right in the face of the Hippocratic Oath.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But protect those licenses is EXACTLY what it does! A malpractice attorney only has to point to this law and say, “The Doctors moral position on the high ground of fetus’ rights makes him untouchable.”

        Google Hunter Holmes McGuire. This negro doctor in the 30’s developed the method to separate blood plasma and store it long term without refrigeration. Saved literally hundreds of thousands of Allied lives in WWII. He exsanguinated on the steps of a white hospital in Richmond,VA in 1946 because they wouldn’t even hand his wife bandages to stop his hemmhoraging.

        THAT is STILL how alabama and most of the Red States think. they are SO TERRIFIED of the ‘Wizard of God” that even when the curtain is pulled back, they would rather jam their thumbs in their eye sockets than accept reality.