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Alabama’s abortion law: The top 5 myths

Last week Alabama passed the strongest pro-life legislation in the United States by granting near total legal protection to the unborn and therefore making abortion almost completely illegal throughout pregnancy.

This change in law has sparked alarmist headlines and posts on social media which embody various confusions and falsehoods about the law. Here are 5 of the top Alabama Abortion Law myths:

 

MYTH 1: A woman who has an abortion will go to prison

REALITY: The Bill clearly states that a woman who has an abortion will not be held criminally liable.

“Relating to abortion… to provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion….”

Even after the law is implemented, any woman who has an abortion will not go to prison.

 

MYTH 2: A woman who has a miscarriage could go to prison

REALITY: A woman who has a miscarriage in Alabama will not go to prison.

An abortion is NOT a miscarriage. The Bill does not even mention “miscarriage”.

Abortion is clearly defined in the Bill as, “The use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device with the intent to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with knowledge that the termination by those means will with reasonable likelihood cause the death of the unborn child.”

Alabama is not trying to penalise women who miscarry. . The natural and spontaneous cessation of a pregnancy where the child naturally dies is a great sadness, which the Alabama Bill makes no attempt to criminalise.

 

MYTH 3: A woman cannot get an abortion even if she might die as a result of a continued pregnancy

REALITY: The Bill does in fact permit abortion in cases where it is necessary to “avert [a mother’s] death or to avert serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function”

The most common threat to a mother’s life during pregnancy is from an ectopic pregnancy.

The Bill states clearly: “The term [abortion] does not include: … a procedure or act to terminate the pregnancy of a woman with an ectopic pregnancy”

In other cases where a woman’s life is at risk, the Bill says: “An abortion shall be permitted if an attending physician licensed in Alabama determines that an abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.”

If a woman’s life is in danger, ending the pregnancy to save her life is still perfectly lawful.

 

MYTH 4: Men are leading the way to ban abortion

REALITY: This Bill, was sponsored by a female lawmaker, Representative Terri Collins, and was signed into law by female Governor Kay Ivey.

However, the Supreme Court Roe vs Wade (1973) decision, which made abortion legal throughout all 50 states in the USA, became law due to the decision of an entirely male panel of judges. In fact, the promotion of liberal abortion law in the US has historically been led by men.

 

MYTH 5: Pro-lifers restrict abortion but do not care about helping women in unplanned pregnancies

REALITY: Pro-lifers in general and Alabama in particular does a lot to help women with unplanned pregnancies.

The state has more than 70 help locations offering free services such as pregnancy tests, ultrasound scans, parenting classes, post-abortion healing, and material goods like maternity clothes, diapers, and baby items.

The U.S. has more than 2,750 pregnancy help centers and in 2017, they served nearly 2 million clients, saving communities an estimated $161 million.

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For more information on Alabama’s abortion law, see this article from Dan Hitchens which was recently published in the Spectator. It mentions the “gruesome logic” of at least one opponent of the Alabama pro-life law, which you can see in the video below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/RightToLifeUK/videos/421518552008484/

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

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