Alabama votes to uphold ‘rights of unborn’ in state constitution
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ALABAMA, November 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Alabama voted Tuesday to amend its state constitution to recognize the “sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children,” clarifying there is no constitutional “right” to abortion in the Yellowhammer State.
The amendment would expand legal rights for pre-born children if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, a possibility about which abortion supporters seem to be increasingly concerned.
The amendment will “declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and...provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
“We want to make sure that at a state level, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, that the Alabama Constitution cannot be used as a mechanism by which to claim that there is a right to abortion,” said Rep. Matt Fridy, R-73.
“Given the chance to influence abortion policy directly, so far tonight voters have embraced life as West Virginia and Alabama already have weighed in with legal protections,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, referring to a similar pro-life ballot initiative in her native West Virginia.
“In a world after Roe, the voters will finally get to decide what abortion policy they support, and in this election, we saw people getting ready for the day in which Roe becomes a footnote in history,” she said.
Alabama also voted in favor of authorizing displays of the Ten Commandments on public property with the caveat that the use of public funds to defend the amendment will be prohibited.