Alabama has been in the news lately. After her sister state Georgia passed a bill greatly restricting when an abortion may be performed, Alabama upped the ante. Georgia’s bill banned abortions after a heartbeat can be detected in a fetus. With some exceptions, Alabama’s bill goes farther.

The Overreaction

How much farther does the bill go, you may ask? Far enough to force the unfunny Leslie Jones onto SNL in a Handmaid’s Tale outfit, to rant and rage at white male Alabama senators, telling them to kiss “my entire *ss.” Delightful.

Staci Fox, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast protested the bill, stating: “This is an all out warfare on class. People of means will always have access to abortion in this country. We’re talking about a war on poor women and women of color.”

Fox’s claim is absurd. Alabama, as a state, was ranked forty-fifth in median income as of 2018. Over one in four Alabamians are black. It’s not a bastion of wealth and whiteness.

Fox and Jones carries the same points that most pro-abortion advocates do. They like to say things like, “It’s my body, I can do what I want with it,” and “men (especially white men) have no say over a woman’s choice.” But apart from this, they demonstrate an utter lack of understanding of what the bill actually says.

What The Bill Actually Says

So what exactly does the Alabama bill state? The bill, called The Alabama Human Life Protection Act is meant to stop abortions. The bill defines “abortion” as follows:

The use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device with the intent to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with knowledge that the termination by those means will with reasonable likelihood cause the death of the unborn child.

That’s it. It’s simple.

The bill does not define the termination of pregnancy (Sec. 3.1-3.6) as an abortion in the following cases:

  • Ectopic pregnancy, where a fertilized egg lodges in the fallopian tube rather than the uterus. Such pregnancies are dangerous, and can be lethal.
  • Fatal anomaly, where the fetus has a defect which will result in death shortly after birth or in a stillbirth.
  • Medical emergency, where a physician or psychiatrist reasonably determines that either a woman’s physical health is in serious danger, or that her mental state may result in the death of herself or of her infant.

These are reasonable things to allow. Many pro-lifers, including myself, have no issue with placing a living woman ahead of her unborn child in the order of values recognized by law and medical practice.

Alabama’s new law does not allow for exceptions in cases of rape and incest,and this is where some people are divided. I don’t have a strong position on this provision myself, but I can see why different factions argue for or against it. But, regardless of where you may stand on this lacuna, the bill as a whole is solid.

Think For Yourself

Recently, I was listening to an interview with the paleo-conservative thinker Paul Gottfried. Dr. Gottfried stated that he almost missed the days when the Left read things and had something to say. I think we can sympathize with him, especially in this case.

The Left now reacts immediately and emotionally to everything it dislikes. Progressives never actually seem to read or listen to what’s happened. Every time we think they’ve hit peak insanity, they find a new peak to ascend and get nastier.

For example: contrary to popular misinformation, Alabama has not criminalized women who seek abortions. Rather, it has criminalized abortion providers: the doctors, like Kermit Gosnell, who take countless human lives and think little of it. No one seeks to jail the women. Jailing pregnant women won’t solve anything. Rather, it will create more problems.

Read the bill for yourself and judge whether it is good, bad, or contains both good and ill parts. Mercifully, the bill is ten pages long, was written in plain language, and can be read in minutes. Do not permit the driven narratives to taint your thinking against it. A mind, after all, is a terrible thing to waste. Don’t waste yours.