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By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews, May 20, 2019
MONTGOMERY, AL – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey defended signing an abortion ban in her state. And she essentially doesn’t care if Hollywood boycotts Alabama because she believes people will come visit the southern state anyway.
In her statement announcing her decision to sign the bill, Ivey points to the fact that the bill “was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers” of the state’s legislature.
“Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur,” Ivey said in her statement.
Today, reporters asked Ivey about signing the bill and if she regretted the decision given the opposition from Democrats and the liberal media.
“The Legislature has spoken,” she said. “It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly.”
Asked whether or not she was concerned that Hollywood liberals or others on the left would boycott Alabama over the pro-life legislation, Ivey said she’s not worried.
“Alabama has a lot of different variety of things to visit and enjoy and our visitors will continue to come,” Ivey said.
State House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, would make an abortion and attempted abortion a felony. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Mothers would not be punished for having an abortion under the legislation, which would make killing a baby in an abortion a Class A felony — punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison for abortionists who kill them.
Lawmakers approved the ban on a 25-6 vote late Tuesday. The legislation will take effect six months unless a court stops it. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 in favor of the proposal.
Although abortion activists claim the bill targets women, the language of the bill makes it clear that’s not the case: “This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.”