By Verity Mckeown - Prolife Youth Blogger
Is Alabama a tiny heartbeat away from a ban on abortion from as little as 6 weeks??
Notably, the Alabama House of Representatives passed HB 490 or the ‘Fetal Heartbeat Act’ along with three other bills concerning abortion earlier this March. The legislation prohibits abortions carried out after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, this can be as early as 6 weeks into the pregnancy. If made law it would be the strictest abortion law in the US. If the physician fails to check for a fetal heartbeat they would face the charge of a Class C felony and have their medical license revoked. A felony of that nature usually results in 1-10 year’s jail time.
The legislation has advanced to the Senate health committee for consideration. Interestingly, Planned Parenthood has said they would sue if the legislation becomes law as they claim it challenges Roe vs. Wade. The bill sponsor, Mary Sue McClurkin, was asked if her intention was to challenge Roe vs. Wade and she replied - it wasn’t her goal but “that would be great”. Mary McClurkin has previously backed successful bills to regulate abortion clinics.
These tiny incremental steps show a growing need and want for more abortion restrictive laws in every state. It is important to view abortion as unthinkable rather than unlawful. Don’t wait for a bill to be passed to take action against abortion; it’s never too soon to speak out and potentially save lives!