New abortion laws in Alabama have caused controversy and clinic shutdowns. In 2015, the ACLU asked judges to block the enforcement of laws that could allow for a fetus to get a lawyer and require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges to hospitals.
Here are some quotes from the heated debate about legislation in that state:
An unborn fetus is "a life regardless of the painful, painful circumstances."
— State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R-Indian Springs), The Montgomery Advertiser
, regarding a proposed 2014 bill that would limit abortions after a heartbeat is detected without a provision for rape or incest
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“It puts teens on trial to get a constitutionally protected procedure. It’s adversarial. She loses her anonymity because the district attorney or guardian ad litem can call in witnesses and interrogate the child.”
— Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama
, The Associated Press, about a law that would allow a lawyer to speak on behalf of the fetus in cases of minors seeking permission from a judge to get an abortion
"In Alabama, we will fight tooth and nail to preserve and protect the life of the unborn until the liberal, activist Supreme Court decision making abortion legal in the United States is overturned."
— Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, (R-Auburn), The Montgomery Advertiser
, March 2014
“It eliminates their window of opportunity to obtain an abortion. Abortion is always going to be in the legislature in Alabama. They have a primary purpose of doing away with abortion completely."
— Jayme Calhoun, advocate for reproductive rights, WSFA-TV
, concerning a bill seeking to ban abortions after the detection of a heartbeat
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“I believe women have rights, but that little unborn baby, I believe should have the right to life. I mean, I think it's in our constitution."
— Alabama Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), WSFA-TV
, concerning support for a 2015 bill which would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected
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