As the father of a young woman who is currently pregnant with her first child, this is the sort of story that makes my blood boil.
According to this article by the ACLU, a bill is working its way through the Alabama state Senate that would allow doctors, nurses, and hospital technicians to deny emergency room treatments if those lifesaving measures include ending a pregnancy that threatens a woman's life.
In other words, if a woman suddenly experiences a horrible medical emergency within the borders of Alabama related to her pregnancy, a hospital or clinic can legally refuse to lend a hand, even if failure to act means death for the patient. And just in case someone out there thinks the threat of lawsuits for negligence are an option, the bill up for consideration has a clause relieving medical professionals of any legal repercussions related to their refusal to assist the patient.
A middle of the night miscarriage could be a death sentence for an otherwise healthy woman if this bill becomes law.
At what point does this almighty-sanctity-of-the-fetus mentality take on a life of its own, even to the detriment of a state's citizens?
Is there no limit to how far these anti-abortion zealots will go to make their point?
Do they actually have to bury members of their own families before they realize how heartlessly ludicrous their actions have become?
Stay tuned, because the asshats who currently make up the Volunteer State's General Assembly absolutely hate it when neighboring states find a way to get to the right of them on any issue related to abortion. Expect a similar, but more Draconian bill to be filed in Tennessee's legislature during the current session.
We simply can't allow Alabama's laws to be harsher than our own, not where gestation is concerned.