By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Wednesday, June 3, HB527, which would restrict Abortion Clinic from operating near pre-K-12 schools passes through the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Alabama Citizens for Life said in a written statement to their supporters, “Sen. Gerald Dial Moves HB527 Forward to Protect Schoolchildren in Alabama by passing it to the Senate for second reading. THANK HIM for his leadership!” HB527 is sponsored by state Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle).
The Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, Nikema Williams released the following statement: “The Alabama Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed HB527, The Abortion Clinic Closure Bill, moments ago. It’s clear the intention is to attack safe and legal businesses and take away women’s access to abortion. To treat us as if we should be on some watch list as convicted sex offenders is asinine. It’s always wrong for politicians to play politics with women’s lives and that’s exactly what this bill aims to do.”
Alabama’s representative on the National Right to Life Committee, Cheryl Ringuette Ciamarra said, “HB527 Passes Sen Health committee come to Montgomery ASK YOUR Senator to pass this Education/Transportation/Healthcare bill NOW!”
Alabama Citizens for Life said in their statement to supporters, “NOW we need Del Marsh to receive it for second reading. The calls are overwhelming the secretaries, Now is the time to come down to the State House, show up and speak directly to your Senator. Emails and calls are NOT enough if you want to prevent an abortuary from locating across the street from your child’s school! Even if you have CALLED BEFORE please click the emai below and come to the statehouse in Montgomery WED night, Thursday all day and the last day of the session next Thursday the 11th if needed.”
Planned Parenthood’s Williams said, “Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider. This bill is wrong for Alabama and does absolutely nothing to help solve Alabama’s biggest challenges, like education and the economy.”
Time is running out on this and any other legislation for the 2015 legislative year. There are only two legislative days left in the year and the Senate left after lunch without moving this or any other legislation forward including the State’s troubled State General Fund (SGF) budget. Wednesday was burned by the Senate with few accomplishments. There is talk that the legislature may leave after Thursday, June 4, session and not return for their final day. Pro-Life supporters have to see their legislation put on the calendar on Thursday while Pro-Choice groups need only that it be left off the calendar.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country.