In the last minutes of the last day of the 2016 session, Alabama legislators passed two unconstitutional bills. The GOP supermajority used such heavy-handed tactics to push the bills through that outraged members of the Black Caucus took to the floor and sang “We Shall Overcome” in protest.
Now the bills are sitting on Governor Robert Bentley’s desk. Please call his office today and ask him to veto both SB-205 and SB-363.
Here are the facts & background on the latest two PSA (Please Sue Alabama) bills:
- SB-205 – 2,000 foot rule, a bill that prohibits women’s clinics from being located within 2,000 feet of a school. It’s a direct attempt to close Huntsville’s lone clinic and was pushed by the anti-choice protesters who regularly gather outside the entrance to the Academy of Academics & Arts, block the carpool lane, and wave bloody photos at small children. The protesters say they’re too dangerous to be allowed near children, so the clinic has to close. I’ll leave you to figure out that logic.
- SB-363 – Ban of D&E procedures. This is called the “dismemberment bill” and it bans a commonly-used 2nd trimester abortion technique – dilation and evacuation (D&E). It’s often the procedure safest for the patient. If this bill passes, women will have to be in severe distress before the procedure is performed. If no D&Es are allowed, the alternative is major abdominal surgery.
Alabama’s legislators seem to think they got elected to play doctor instead of pass budgets. True, practicing medicine without a license is just as easy as passing legislation without having a clue.
But both are dangerous for patients and the people of Alabama. Ask Governor Bentley to stop this nonsense now.