By Dave Andrusko
On October 29, 2019, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who has thwarted many pro-life laws over the years, issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing State House Bill 314 which bans abortions in nearly all circumstances. The law was set to go into effect the following month.
Yesterday, writing for a consortium of Alabama newspapers, Mike Cason tells us “Alabama AG hiring experts to defend abortion ban that’s blocked by federal court.” Well….
It is one thing for the legislature to pass a bill and the governor to sign it into law. Necessary, of course, but not sufficient.
Virtually every pro-life law comes under siege by one of the battalions of pro-abortion legal organizations. In the case of the Human Life Protection Act, the lawsuit was backed by stalwarts the ACLU of Alabama and Planned Parenthood.
That is why an aggressive attorney general willing to go toe-to-toe is crucial. He or she will be badgered, mocked, and criticized for “wasting taxpayers’ money,” but without an all-out defense a law that may have been passed almost unanimously will be tossed out.
In this instance, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall hired three well-known pro-life advocates.
As we wrote back in 2019, in the conclusion to his 17-page order, Judge Thompson said of the 2019 law, “Alabama’s abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Court precedent. It violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make ‘choices central to personal dignity and autonomy.’ It diminishes ‘the capacity of women to act in society, and to make reproductive decisions.’ It defies the United States Constitution.”
But Alabama State Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the Human Life Protection Act, told the AP, “[T]oday’s ruling is merely the first of many steps on that legal journey,” adding, “I remain confident that our mission will be successful and appreciate the support of millions of citizens who support our effort to preserve unborn life.”