Tuesday, January 24, 2006
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Alabama NOW organizes to fight protections for pregnant mothers and unborn children

In his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Riley called on the legislature to pass a law protecting unborn children from violence, noting that "32 states have laws recognizing that the murder or assault of an unborn child is a crime, but Alabama does not." Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives responded to the Governor's call by passing HB19, which would broaden the definition of the word "person," when used in reference to the victim of a criminal homicide or assault, to include an unborn child. The vote was 97-0.

Although the bill explicitly states that "nothing in this act shall make it a crime to perform or obtain an abortion that is otherwise legal," some abortion-rights supporters still manage to find it "offensive":
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Proposed legislation to make it a crime to murder or assault an unborn child in Alabama is "offensive" and merely the latest ploy to overturn the court ruling protecting a woman's right to an abortion, the leader of a revived women's group at the capital said Thursday.

Cheryl Sabel was flanked by women holding signs reading "Stop Racism Now," "Keep Abortion Legal," and "Alito — No Justice for Women," as she announced the reorganization of the Montgomery Chapter of the National Organization for Women. ...

"It would merely be a stepping stone for them to talk about the unborn child, which is a fetus," Sabel said of the legislation. "Again, it's another attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade and that's how people are chipping away at our rights."
The only people whose "rights" are endangered by this bill are those who would assault or murder a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Apparently, that matters little to the pro-abortion extremists in NOW; to them, the only thing that is unassailable is the precious "right to choose." Their guiding principle is clear: any law recognizing the humanity or personhood of the unborn is an assault on the sacred and inviolable right to abortion - to be opposed at all costs - even if it means that violent thugs are allowed to unleash their aggression on would-be mothers and their unborn children with impunity.

Pardon my French, but what kind of f***'ed-up notion of "choice" is that?