Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson does not support the new abortion law in Alabama.
The near universal ban was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday. The law, which was passed through the state’s Senate on Tuesday, outlaws nearly all abortions and makes performing one a Class A felony. The only acceptable circumstance for performing one is if the mother’s health is at risk.
The sentence for performing an abortion, according to the new law, can be up to 99 years in prison because it is a Class A felony.
Just before the bill could be signed into law, Robertson railed against the proposal and slammed it as “extreme.”
“It’s an extreme law, and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose,” Robertson said on his long-running television show “The 700 Club” on Wednesday.
“I think Alabama has gone too far,” he also said.
“The Alabama case, God bless them, they’re trying to do something, but I don’t think that’s the case that I’d want to bring to the Supreme Court,” he later said, clarifying that he at least admired the motivation behind the law.
The new law is going to face numerous legal hurdles, but that actually seems to be the point for the lawmakers who drafted it.
Rep. Terri Collins told the press, “What I’m trying to do here is get this case in front of the Supreme Court so Roe v. Wade can be overturned.”
Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions in America.
Collins explained that the new law takes a hard-line stance specifically because it is being geared up for the Supreme Court. One of the more extreme measures in the new law is that an abortion cannot be legally performed on a victim of rape or incest. Collins said she actually agrees that those circumstances could be exceptions to the law, but the lawmakers have other goals in mind right now.
The law is called the “Human Life Protection Act.”
“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act,” Gov. Ivey wrote in a public statement. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
Planned Parenthood has said that they plan on fighting this new Alabama law.
“We vowed to fight this dangerous abortion ban every step of the way and we meant what we said,” said Staci Fox, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Southeast, in a public statement. “We haven’t lost a case in Alabama yet and we don’t plan to start now.”
The Alabama move comes in the wake of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signing a bill into law that outlaws an abortion procedure if a heartbeat can be heard inside the expecting mother.
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