The most restrictive anti-choice law in the country passed in the Alabama Senate on Tuesday evening, and there’s a glaring similarity between those who voted to affirm its passage.
25 out of 27 Republican senators voted in favor for the bill, which now heads to the governor’s desk. Of those 25, all of them are white men. The remaining two senators in the GOP caucus did not vote.
The four women who are in the Alabama Senate, who belong to the state’s Democratic Party, all voted against the restrictive anti-abortion bill, according to reporting from The Guardian.
Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton spoke out against the bill, pointing out the glaring omission of women in support of it. “You’ve got 27 men over on the other side ready to tell women what they can do with their bodies,” he said.
The 22 Alabama senators who voted against including an exception for rape or incest in the abortion law.
I feel like they have something in common….but I just can't put my finger on it. pic.twitter.com/uangIf2mfA
— Dan Lavoie (@djlavoie) May 15, 2019
Singleton pointed out during debate of the bill that it had the potential to affect lawmakers’ families.
“It’s a sad day in Alabama. You just said to my daughter, you don’t matter, you don’t matter in the state of Alabama,” Singleton said, CBS News reported.
The bill, if it’s indeed signed into law as it’s expected to be, will almost assuredly be contested in the courts, the New York Times reported.
But some conservatives are actually counting on that. They’re hopeful that the impending appeals will take it all the way to the federal Supreme Court, where conservative justices (including the two most recently appointed by President Donald Trump) may overturn the 46-year precedent legalizing and protecting a woman’s right to an abortion in the landmark case Roe v. Wade.
There have been a slew of anti-choice bills passed in states across the country recently. The American Civil Liberties Union has promised, through its social media postings, to litigate those laws in order to protect the right to an abortion.
“Know this, politicians: If you attack our right to abortion — whether it’s in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, or Kentucky — we will see you in court,” the organization wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
Chris Walker is a freelance writer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. A millennial with more than a decade of journalism experience, Chris aims to provide readers with the latest and most accurate news of national importance. Chris likes to spend his free time doing activities in his community with his family.