SB 363, the Alabama Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R), passed out of the Senate Health Committee Wednesday by an overwhelming vote of 11-1. The vote followed a spirited public hearing.
Thanks go to Sen. Gerald Dial (R) committee chairman, and Sen. Jim McClendon (R), committee co-chairman, for allowing the vote as there were only six days left in this year’s legislative session.
The surprise vote was Sen. Linda Coleman (D), who generally opposes the majority of pro-life legislation. She has expressed on numerous occasions a respect for the dignity of human life. Wednesday she demonstrated that there are common sense limits to maintain a civilized society.
Sen. Williams is also to be commended for attending the House Health Committee meeting to support Rep. Mack Butler (R). Mr. Butler is carrying the House companion bill which had a public hearing at which four spokespersons testified in favor and only two against. Sen. Williams appealed to the House Health committee to meet and pass this important legislation as soon as a quorum can be obtained.
The Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is now the law in four states: Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Mississippi. This vital legislation has also been introduced in Pennsylvania, Minnesota , Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Utah.