By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (R) joined efforts to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling on abortion. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey signed on to a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief appealing the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to overturn Arizona’s law stopping abortions after 20 weeks.
Lt. Gov. Ivey said, “Scientific evidence supports a baby is able to feel pain by 20 weeks, halfway through the pregnancy. The 9th Circuit was wrong to overturn Arizona’s common sense law to ban late-term abortions, and I am hopeful that with the support of strong women leaders across the country, the Supreme Court will reverse that ruling to protect the dignity of life.”
Ivey was joined by more than 30 Pro-life Women’s Caucus members, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Susan B. Anthony List Vice President of Government Affairs former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, and Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance.
Three disability rights groups have also sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting the ban on abortions after 20 weeks, “as a necessary safeguard against ‘postnatal eugenics.”
Several states and the U.S. House of Representatives have now voted to end abortion after the point that the child can feel pain.
Lt. Gov. Ivey is a member of the Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus.
According to Ivey’s written statement, the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. at end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.
Many abortion opponents view late term abortions as particularly barbaric because the child is usually viable outside of the womb by this stage of development. Premature infants are routinely saved in hospitals across the country.
Ivey is seeking a second term as Alabama’s Lieutenant Governor in 2014. She faces a Republican Primary challenge from Sumiton minister and businessman, Stan Cooke and a Democratic challenger in former state Representative James Fields.