Senate passes symbolic Legislation to declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State”
MONTGOMERY — The State Senate voted largely along party lines Thursday to pass three pieces of Legislation that would declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State” in its constitution, give an opt-out option to health care workers and officially outlaw assisted suicide.
The bills were passed in a marathon of pro-life legislation that was scheduled as part of the Senate Republicans’ “Pro-Life Legislation Day.”
With the Senate’s vote Thursday of 25-7, the constitutional amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) moves a step closer to becoming law. It will need another round of approval from the House, then of voters statewide before it is added to the Alabama’s lengthy constitution.
Williams, speaking on the floor of the Senate, said the bill would put Alabama in the right posture to “protect the rights of the unborn” if the US Supreme Court were ever to overturn its signature abortion decision in Roe v. Wade. The amendment would ensure that the State government doesn’t “protect the right to abortion” or require funding for abortions in any way — two things it already does not do.