With Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing the “Human Life Protection Act” into law, we as Americans have a multitude of questions to ask. Regardless of your stance on the morality of abortion; was this law passed based on merit? Or based on religious doctrine? This article will not attempt to sway your opinion on whether abortion should be legal or not. The issue with the stance Alabama has taken is in how they came to the conclusion they did.
I believe in “States Rights” If the federal government wants to uphold a law, fine. However, a state should be able to decide how they want to govern their people. States have the ability to enact change much faster than at the federal level. The commonality shared by Americans, for the most part, ends with that designation, we are Americans. We cannot fairly be governed at the national level, too many conflicting ideologies exist amongst ourselves. Which brings us to Alabama.
If Alabama had decided that abortion was ethically wrong, and wished to outlaw the process, their decision would still be met with fervent activist denouncing the law as injustice. They would, however, be morally intact. This is not what Alabama did. Alabama brought “GOD” into their decision making. America is a land where you are free to pursue your religious beliefs. It is not a land where you are supposed to be governed by others religious beliefs. If Gov. Kay Ivey whishes to surmise the thoughts of her omniscient deity, where does it end? Does God have a partisan agenda?
Unfortunately, God could not be reached for questions at this time.
I would think that a state that criminalizes abortion should juxtapose that with a means to end unwanted pregnancies. Free contraception for both women and men? Educating the youth on sex? (Can a man receive a vasectomy in a state where a woman cannot receive an abortion?) I don’t believe that abortion should be used as birth control, but what happens when your momentary indiscretion leads to pregnancy? Is medical care guaranteed? Are foster homes properly funded and regulated to ensure the child will be well taken care of? What steps will be taken by states that outlaw abortion to care for the children?
Now let’s look at what HB314 does and does not do: “SYNOPSIS: This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother. This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.” HB314 is taking what I call the “Bullets vs Guns” route. (Basically, I don’t believe the government could ever take away guns in America. They wouldn’t have to. Take away the bullets and the gun becomes useless.) Take away the doctors ability to perform an abortion and you don’t have to worry about people getting abortions. This is not a definite statement though, as people who seek abortions will still find a means, an unregulated and unsafe means to abort. I would expect everyone to read up on HB314 and see for yourselves what it says. I have included a pdf link to see HB314 https://legiscan.com/AL/text/HB314/id/1980843/Alabama-2019-HB314-Introduced.pdf
Once we have an understanding of just what HB314 includes, we can see the spread of false information. This could be from ignorance, or it could be people fitting something to their own political narrative. To try and better recognize facts or fiction check out my article on the subject. https://thelastindividual.com/2019/05/10/bias-or-factual-how-to-know/
Now to sum up let us try to be objective. Christians believe it is morally wrong to allow abortion. That’s fine, then no Christian should get an abortion. Your religion may make certain acts unacceptable to you, your religion should not force others to live under such tyrannical measures. Why is it in America we acquiesce to the Christian Religious Right? Would we do the same for Muslims wishing to institute Sharia Law? We should be governed by fact, not fairytales.
If your plight is to stand for the unborn armed with facts and reason, you will be heard and received. If you wish to charge the ramparts adorned in your religious indoctrination you will crash, unceremoniously, into the bulwark of deaf ears.
If you agree or disagree let me know. I am open to hearing both sides of the argument.