Women who get pregnant in Alabama through rape, incest, or unwanted ways have little control over what happens to their embryo/fetus. When women seek to end their pregnancy, criminal charges will be filed if a new law goes into effect. Felony abortion charges won’t be filed against the women or men involved with the pregnancy, though. Only doctors who perform or attempt to perform an abortion will face up to 99 years in jail.
Abortion is something I’ve never agreed with due to the lifelong impact it has on most women. But I don’t feel the government has any right to dictate religious beliefs into laws that regulate a woman’s body. Evangelical Christians believe an embryo/fetus has rights in the womb while other religions say a fetus has none...rights start only after a live birth. (Definitions of a viable fetus also vary by religion.)
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the abortion law and said, “Every life is a sacred gift from God.” If that’s what she believes, then why does Alabama still have capital punishment laws that put criminals to death? And with the exceptions to Alabama’s abortion law making some abortions legal, doesn’t that contradict the governor’s religious doctrine of “every life is a sacred gift from God”?
I’ve always found it confusing as to why Evangelicals accept miscarriages as divine abortions and then insist on outlawing human intervention to end pregnancy except when the embryo/fetus is defective, etc. Isn’t that kinda sorta hypocritical?
A woman’s decision to choose/not choose abortion should happen privately between herself and God, the guy, and her doctor. Government regulations should never be used to impose strict religious beliefs upon a woman’s body. Any such law should be held unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause found in the First Amendment.
How do Evangelical politicians justify abortion exceptions, wars, school shootings and death by lethal injection after passing this religious law called the Human Life Protection Act? Or does “Every life is a sacred gift from God” only apply to an embryo/fetus?