“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act,” Ivey tweeted after the signing. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://t.co/DwKJyAjSs8 pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019
The draconian law – which Ivey conceded may be “unenforceable” – prohibits terminating a pregnancy at any stage after conception except if the life of the mother is in danger. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. The proposed also criminalizes the procedure itself. Doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison.
This goes further than the anti-abortion bills in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and South Carolina, which ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest. One such law in North Carolina was recently struck down as unconstitutional.
Robertson, himself an almost militant opponent of abortion, thinks Alabama’s approach will be rejected by the courts, where it will certainly be challenged by civil rights and pro-choice groups.
“I think Alabama has gone too far. They’ve passed a law that would give a 99-year prison sentence to people who commit abortion,” Robertson said on Wednesday’s The 700 Club. “There’s no exception for rape or incest. It’s an extreme law.”
Republicans “want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is I don’t think that’s the case I’d want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose,” he said.
"It's an extreme law": Pat Robertson says that Alabama's anti-abortion law goes too far and will most likely lose at the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/lDuteweasq
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) May 15, 2019
Still, Robertson praised the Republican effort to strip women of their right to choose.
“God bless them, they’re trying to do something,” he said of Alabama legislators.
You know the law goes too far if Robertson opposes it.
Too extreme for Pat Robertson? Is it so far to the right that it has become left?
— Colonel Hans Tiergarten (@HansTiergarten) May 15, 2019
We are in the upside down.
— Mac (@JewDawg) May 15, 2019
Thought this was an Onion piece
— pdizzle (@pdizzle) May 15, 2019
You know you done effed up 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤦♀️
— Mari Jaye (@Mary_Jane_One) May 15, 2019
People are, albeit begrudgingly, finding themselves aligning with Robertson, and they are not okay.
Damn, even Pat Robertson thinks this is too much. Smh
— manny marquez (@manumarquez1986) May 15, 2019
— Nick Carlson I'm 60! (@Nick_C_C) May 15, 2019
My head just exploded.
— The State Lottery (@thestatelottery) May 15, 2019
Damn! I’m agreeing with Pat Robertson now?!? I don’t want to live on this planet anymore
— Terence Broxterman (@tbroxterman2013) May 15, 2019
Granted, Robertson’s critique is more of a procedural one. Nevertheless, anti-choicers are hoping that legal challenges to Alabama’s new law find their way to the Supreme Court, which is dominated by conservative justices.
“The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. “The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward.”
“Roe v. Wade has ended the lives of millions of children,” Republican State Senator Clyde Chambliss said in a statement after the bill’s passage through the State Senate late Tuesday night. “While we cannot undo the damage that decades of legal precedence under Roe have caused, this bill has the opportunity to save the lives of millions of unborn children.”
Organizations like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have vowed to fight the law.
“Today is a dark day for women in Alabama and across this country,” Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast said in a statement. “Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote and we will make sure that every woman knows who to hold accountable.”
You're right this bill is "unenforceable," @GovernorKayIvey. We're going to fight like hell to make sure that this ban NEVER goes into effect — in the courts, in the streets, and at the ballot box.
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) May 15, 2019
“You can’t say we didn’t warn you,” the ACLU tweeted to Ivey. “See you in court.”
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 15, 2019
The Handmaid’s Tale was not supposed to be a documentary, but here we are.