By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
In a complex world where the government continues to play an increasingly larger role in the lives of its citizens, it is often necessary to step back and ask: when is it appropriate for the government to limit individual liberty?
The latest fight over decriminalizing midwifery is an example of how governments rules and regulations have permeated every aspect of our lives. Home birth was commonplace in Alabama until the passage of which made 2006 Alabama Code Section 34-19-3 makes midwifery a crime. The code reads, “It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed professional nurse who has received a license from the State Board of Nursing and the Board of Medical Examiners to practice nurse-midwifery in this State. Any person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”