“MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk, but not for cases of rape or incest — a subject of fierce debate among lawmakers in recent days.
The House approved the measure — the most far-reaching effort in the nation this year to curb abortion rights — last month. It now moves to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican. Although the governor has not publicly committed to signing the legislation, many Republican lawmakers expect her support. …
“Until now, there was no prospect of reversing Roe,” said Eric Johnston, who founded the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition and serves as its president, and has spent more than 30 years trying to ban abortion.”
I heard about this last night.
According to some of the loonier folks on the fringe Left, we woke up this morning and Alabama is now The Handmaid’s Tale. My take is that the new abortion ban is but the latest example of the Alabama Republican Party’s storied tradition of passing laws to appeal to socially conservative voters which it knows will get ruled a foul ball by their “conservative” allies on the Supreme Court.
I have zero confidence in the “conservatives” in the federal courts to sustain this law or overturn Roe v. Wade. Undoubtedly, this will be challenged in court and overruled by “conservatives” and the scam will continue on some other issue. A few years ago, the same thing happened when Alabama passed a tough immigration bill that everyone got excited about until the Supreme Court killed it.
Do you know what this is really about? If you just stop and think about it for a minute and reflect on the overall pattern, it is about how politics has become a stage for culture war theatrics. When the dust settles in the courts, nothing will change and the whole exercise will have been just more performance art by legislators who have been fighting these phantom battles to justify their existence.
I’m happy to be proven wrong. If John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch strike down Roe v. Wade, I will eat these words. I’ve taken the measure of these conservatives though. I highly doubt it. I’m convinced that they don’t have the balls to push their own declared agenda.
What is Brett Kavanaugh going to do when the Left comes after him harder than it did in his Senate confirmation hearing? Is he going to cry again like a big baby? I think it will be John Roberts who will find some convulted abstract “True Conservative” reason to sustain abortion.
Note: I’m not all that concerned about the abortion issue. I predict the final act will come when the Roberts Court upholds abortion and exposes the whole scam of milking the evangelicals and backlash politics which has gone on for the last generation. Alternatively, the Roberts Courts could strike down Roe vs. Wade. Either way, it is now or never for True Conservatism on ending abortion.