By Dave Andrusko
On an overwhelming and bipartisan vote, the Alabama Senate Tuesday passed The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act , by 30 to 2. Sponsored by state Sen. Phil Williams SB 363 had passed out of the Senate Health Committee last week by a vote of 11-1. That vote followed a spirited public hearing.
Alabama Citizens for Life expressed its appreciation to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner, who made the bill a priority. State Sen. Waggoner (R) celebrates his 50 year legislative Jubilee anniversary this Friday night.
A pro-life stalwart and leader for life, Waggoner twice brought the matter up on the floor of the Senate to insure it would be passed and transmitted to the House of Representatives as time is running short in this legislative session. Only four 4 legislative days left.
Cheryl Ciamarra, head of Alabama Citizens for Life and National Right to Life’s Board Director from Alabama, said, “It is encouraging that the House Health Committee also passed Rep Mack Butler’s HB 376, the House companion bill.”
On April 15, Mississippi became the fourth state to ban dismemberment abortions when Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 519. Authored by Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, HB 519 had overwhelming support in the legislature, passing the House of Representatives in February, on a vote of 85-32. and the Senate in March, 40-6.
The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, based on model legislation provided by the National Right to Life Committee, was first passed in Kansas and subsequently in Oklahoma and West Virginia. This vital legislation has also been introduced in Pennsylvania, Minnesota , Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
“We are pleased with the progress the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Ban bill is making through the Alabama legislature and are hopeful it will make its way to the governor’s desk for signature,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of National Right to Life’s State Legislation Department.
“The killing of fully formed unborn children by tearing them apart piece by piece as they slowly bleed to death is unacceptable and should be outlawed.”