ACLU, Planned Parenthood sue over Alabama law banning almost all abortions
ALABAMA, May 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Alabama, and abortion business Planned Parenthood have filed a lawsuit against Alabama’s new pro-life law, hailed as the strongest in the country.
The abortion activists’ lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court of the Middle District of Alabama and seeks to head off the Alabama Human Life Protection Act before it goes into effect. The plaintiffs in the case include Alabama abortionist Dr. Yashica Robinson-White, who in 2014 was indicted for selling misbranded IUDs; Alabama Women’s Center, the abortion facility with which Robinson-White is affiliated; Montgomery’s Reproductive Health Services abortion center; the West Alabama Women’s Center, which has a history of health and safety violations and commits the most abortions of any facility in the state; and Planned Parenthood Southeast.
The Alabama Human Life Protection Act makes almost all abortions illegal in the Yellowhammer state. The law makes committing an abortion a Class A felony — punishable by up to 99 years in prison — and attempting to commit an abortion a Class C felony. It contains exceptions for abortions to “avert (a mother’s) death or serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function” and in certain “mental health” cases.
“Alabama’s state motto is audemus jura nostra defendere, which means ‘we dare defend our rights.’ That’s exactly what we’re doing here today,” claimed Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast.
“This lawsuit is simply the first battle in what we hope will ultimately be a victorious effort to overturn Roe [v. Wade] and protect unborn babies from harm,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), said. Collins also referenced the state’s motto, saying, “I am deeply proud that this Legislature, this governor, and this state are leading the charge to defend the rights of the unborn.”
On May 22, pro-lifers rallied in support of the new law in Montgomery.
“The circumstances of our conception don’t change the condition of our worth,” the Radiance Foundation’s Ryan Bomberger, who was conceived in rape, said at the rally. “Abortion is the leading killer in this country, outnumbering deaths from cancer, outnumbering deaths from heart disease. The racism that has fed the resistance to Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act is astounding.”
Bomberger paraphrased remarks from model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, a supporter of Planned Parenthood, describing her sentiments as follows: “if black children aren’t aborted, they’re just going to go into the prison system.”
“This week, 25 old white men voted to ban abortion in Alabama even in cases of incest and rape,” Ratajkowski wrote on her Instagram alongside an almost nude photo of herself. “These men in power are imposing their wills onto the bodies of women in order to uphold the patriarchy and perpetuate the industrial prison complex by preventing women of low economic opportunity the right to choose to not reproduce.”
“We reject the racism of the abortion industry,” said Bomberger. “We reject the racism of Planned Parenthood[.] ... Black lives matter in and out of the womb. We all matter in and out of the womb.”
Ratajkowski’s comments are reminiscent of those made by Alabama state rep. John Rogers, who complained during a debate over the bill, “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill ’em now or kill ’em later. You bring ’em in the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill ’em now or kill ’em later.”
“Fifty-four years ago, black and white Americans didn’t risk their lives to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge for equality only to have millions march into abortion mills to have equality violently ripped from them. They didn’t walk 50 miles here to Montgomery to stand on these same steps so that another group of human beings could be written off as less than human[.] ... Abortion is the civil rights fight of our day,” said Bomberger.
When Governor Kay Ivey signed the act into law, Birmingham-based Father Terry Gensemer of CEC for Life told LifeSiteNews, “We are so thankful to have a governor who protects Life at every level and is willing to fight for the lives of preborn children to the very end, no matter how hard that fight may be.”