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With very little discussion, the Health Committee in Alabama's House of Representatives advanced by voice vote a set of Republican-sponsored bills that would make it almost impossible for Alabama women to access abortion care. The bills now head to the full Republican-controlled House for a vote.

House Bill 490, introduced by State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R), would make it a crime to perform an abortion after the fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy. This law would ban abortions before many women even realize they're pregnant.

Another bill requires a 48 hour waiting period before an abortion even for women who learn their fetus is non-viable, presumably because they might be carrying Jesus and he might need a few more days in the uterus to resurrect properly. Yet another seems explicitly crafted as the "Alabama Incest Protection Act."
In order to give parental consent, the [minor's] parents would have to provide a certified birth certificate. And if the woman wants to circumvent parental consent laws and ask a judge for legal permission, she would not be able to use "hearsay" in her plea, meaning she could not tell the judge that her parents threatened to abuse her or kick her out of the house if she became pregnant.

Abusive parents would also be allowed to attend their pregnant daughter's court proceedings, under the new bill.

Who comes up with things like this? What sort of mind does it take to say "You know what we need? We need to give abusive parents even more power over their children in court proceedings. I'm very concerned that our state does not give enough rights to abusive parents, because I am a gigantic jackass."

American. Taliban. Use the words, damn it, it's the only thing that fits. There is an organized effort to instill religious law in the states, and to punish those that do not follow those religious laws, and to elevate the rights of even the most bigoted ass or most abusive human stain over the rights of insufficiently godly homosexuals or pregnant women. They see creeping sharia law in every corner not because it actually exists, but because they're worried about the competition.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM PST.

Also republished by Pro Choice and Daily Kos.

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