Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted out just five words earlier this morning: “Abortion is a constitutional right.”
Some are speculating it is the progressive candidate’s response to the newly passed bill by Alabama’s state Senate that would outlaw nearly all abortions. The bill is viewed as controversial because it “will make the punishment for performing abortions up to 99 years or life in prison, although the woman who received one will not be subject to a felony charge” foxnews.com reports.
Abortion is a constitutional right.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 15, 2019
The bill was passed in the Alabama State House last month 74-3, but Democratic lawmakers failed in an attempt yesterday for amendments that would make exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Democratic state Senator Vivian Davis Figures saying the amendments are important because “you don’t have to raise that child. You don’t have to carry that child. You don’t have to provide for that child. And yet you want to make that decision.” Alabama Republican state Rep. Terri Collins said back in April that “the heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in a womb is not a person.”
Things got personal when Democratic Senator Rodger Smitherman spoke in opposition to the bill discussing his own experience when he and his wife faced a decision about whether to abort their child. He said “there was a problem with this child. The 23rd chromosome did not split…the significance is that I had the choice. The choice was my wife’s and I. The legislature did not make the choice for me.” Although Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey has not confirmed whether or not she will sign the bill into law, state Representative Terri Collins who sponsored the bill, said yesterday “The issue that that decision was made on…is that the baby in the womb is a person.” The 2018 midterm elections showed that 59 percent of Alabama voters supported a bill banning abortions in the state.