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Statement on SB20 from State Senator McGill

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

From the Office of Senator Shadrack McGill

MONTGOMERY – Abortion is always a subject that can stir emotions and that was certainly true tonight. However, just because a problem is sensitive does not mean we should avoid it.

SB20 is designed to deal with a very real problem about which I am very passionate, and that is the emotional devastation to young women after abortions. Yes, the death of an unborn child is tragic, but almost more tragic is the emotional wounds to the young girls and young women who are pressured into abortions they later regret. The emotional turmoil is well-documented. All of this is preventable.

While the feminists want to make this about men against women, that is a smokescreen that hides the moral duty of all Alabamians. A financially responsible adult having an abortion is an entirely different matter from a minor pressured into an abortion after being raped by a step parent. If the existence of insurance coverage in the state of Alabama was a deciding factor, we all bear responsibility. I take that responsibility very seriously.

SB20 simply prevents insurance companies from automatically covering abortions. If a company wants to offer coverage, it must be by a separate rider purchased six months in advance. This is consistent with any health insurance pre-existing condition requirement. Insurance does not work if it can be bought after the need arises.

It should be interesting to opponents that few insurance companies currently offer abortion coverage. If what the feminists say is true, that children are a burden, and abortion is safer than birth, it would follow that the profit motivated insurance companies would be rushing to shed all that risk. Perhaps the highly paid insurance actuaries know otherwise. Abortion has consequences. A society that encourages it cannot hide from the fallout. SB20 is right for life, right for young women and right for Alabama.

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Senator McGill, a small business owner from Jackson County, won the 8th State Senate District seat in what the Huntsville times called “a stunning upset over (a) seven term incumbent”. He is also a husband, father and devout Christian.

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