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Alabama Personhood Law Could Ban All Abortions

Alabama Personhood Law Could Ban All Abortions

Alabama is joining the flood of states which are passing (or trying to pass) damaging anti-choice legislation.  New bills introduced in the Alabama state legislature would change the definition of “person,” which could potentially make all abortion illegal.  The bill had 18 co-sponsors and was developed with the help of Personhood USA, illustrating its clear pro-life agenda.

The new definition of “person” would be: “Any human being from the moment of fertilization or the functional equivalent thereof.”  If the bill goes forward, Alabama citizens would have the opportunity to vote on this as a constitutional amendment at the end of the year.

“We must protect all Alabama children,” said one of the sponsoring senators in a statement released by Personhood USA. “At the same time we have to send a message that Alabamians value the sanctity of life. Every heartbeat is as important as the next.”

As Anna North points out on Jezebel, fetuses don’t even have heartbeats until several weeks after the “moment of fertilization,” but since, if the bill’s supporters claim, Alabama is a pro-life state, surely small factual errors like that don’t matter.  Interestingly, as Robin Marty writes on RHRealityCheck, this might have the inadvertent effect of redefining corporate personhood.

We’ll keep you posted on the bills as they move forward, and that the fact that this bill has many co-sponsors does not, in fact, suggest that the bill has a good chance of passing.


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10:37AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Your country kills everything you see and abortion is illegal?

6:34AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Let's deal with education and prevention of pregnancy. Then we deal less with abortion, morality, and human judgment.

12:56PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

I never sent so many Green Stars as I've done after reading the comments to this article. If I've forgotten someone, I ask your forgiveness. I so enjoy reading all your great ideas and views of the Repukes tries of controlling women's bodies. Keep up the good work and we may have a chance of defeating their evil plans!

6:10PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

I support Alabama in attempting to past this law. I believe a life is a life from the start.

8:57AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

While there are more than enough ultra-conservatives here in Canada, we haven't had this particular debate, at least not so LOUDLY in a long time, I hope this is one trend that Canada doesn't feel the need to emulate the USA or any of it's States.

7:16PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

If women are only containers for fetuses, then we should not pay taxes.
Where are these sub sapients coming from??!! More birth control for Alabama.

4:51PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Darn it, Patricia, although I'm an Alabamian, I've had a hysterectomy. So I'm not going to be able to take advantage of those wonderful tax breaks for 100,000 dependents....

Gimme my uterus back!

Stupid Alabama legislators. There's a REASON we call Montgomery's Capitol Building "Goat Hill"....

3:50PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Emanuel v.
If you feel so much for these women, then....send the money to them!! In fact, ALL of you men who are here demonizing women who have to make some really horrible decisions, put your money where self righteous mouth is! AND...keep helping these ladies AFTER the baby is born. In fact...for 18 years AFTER the baby is born. That includes, food, clothes, tap shoes for the girls, baseball gloves for the boys, braces for both, all of the shots they will need to even get into school. Then, they will most likely want to go to college, so you need to start saving for that. But...if some of them, due to no sex education in schools, get pregnant, or get a girl pregnant, then YOU should step up and help THAT kid in the exact way you helped this one....and on and on and on....How about that??? Makes sense to you??

3:46PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Apparently, the American Taliban form of freedom includes the enslavement of all those born with a female body to the rest of society. No self control over individual reproductive processes, admonishments to remain in the home and know their place, and all the blame for inciting men to rape them as well.

The anti-choicer brigades have seen the light, but it seems to have blinded them. Can I get an Amen?

3:41PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

No matter how you look at it abortion is murder of the defenseless unborn. I am a male and all males never have to confront that dilemma, For that reason I feel for woman that find themselves with a invasion of their bodies with a human child they did not want and are duty bound to care for when it is born , which in itself is trauma that males don't ever experience. It is easy for males to enjoy intercouse and then opt out of any responsibilty while leaving the woman holding the baby. I still admire woman who can muster up the courage to see it through despite male ignorance.

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