Wiregrass residents conflicted over Alabama abortion bill

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Wiregrass residents are conflicted over a new bill that would effectively ban abortion in Alabama.

The Alabama House of Representatives passed the bill with a vote of 74 to 2, sending it to the State Senate for approval. 

If passed by the Senate, House Bill 314 would make it a Class A felony for doctors who perform abortions, the only exception to the bill is if there is a serious health risk. There is no exception for cases of rape or incest. 

“The bill is taking away a woman’s right,” Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said. “Old men should let women make that decision.”

The bill, which challenges the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, was introduced by Rep. Terri Collins, D-Decatur, who is confident for its results.

“We had enough cosponsors on the bill to pass the bill, so I was pretty confident, but it’s also really good to have that done through the house,” Rep. Terri Collins (R) Decatur said. “I look forward to having it in committee and the Senate pretty soon.

Down here in the Wiregrass, people are voicing different opinions on how the bill will impact abortion rights.

“I’m a strong Christian, and I believe the Bible, and human life is very very precious,” Jane Palmer said. “So, it would be hard for me to look at it any other way, but in my perspective, that’s a really good thing.”

Another woman said adoption would be an option for unwanted children and that there are people willing to take them in.

“My husband and I struggled with fertility issues, and I looked to the route of adoption, and that would not have bothered us one bit to adopt a child that had been the product of rape,” Megan Strickland said. “There’s plenty young men and women out there who feel the same way, and young families who would love to add to their family.”

Meanwhile, news of the bill drew a significant amount of opposition online, with many people expressing their anger on Facebook.

“Way to go Alabama,” one WDHN Facebook commenter said. “You’re finding new and improved ways to suck.”

“Cause in Alabama, it’s okay if  (the) baby’s daddy is also (its) uncle,” Barbara McKee said.

Should the bill make it through the Senate, it would be up to Governor Kay Ivey to approve it.

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