Speak Out: Reason behind HB57
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Gov. Robert Bentley and state legislators have been praised for passing the Women’s Health and Safety Act, HB57. The bill, now law, has nothing whatsoever to do with women’s health or safety.

Bentley knows that. The legislators know that. The aim of the bill was not to improve the quality of care but to close the abortion clinics. At least let’s be honest about it. If they were genuinely concerned about the good health and safety of women, they would have passed a law allowing existing hospitals to perform abortions.

At present, Alabama has five clinics where abortions can be done — in Montgomery, Mobile, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. They have until July 1 to change structural designations, like the width of halls. However, the law also requires abortion clinics to only use doctors who have admitting privileges in the same city where they do abortions. It also makes it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.

Whether abortion is morally acceptable or not is not the question. To hide opposition under a cloud of mendacity, to claim an action while hiding the real purpose is not only misleading but dishonest. The bill will result in two things — girls or women who want (or need) an abortion and can afford to will go to another state, or if they cannot afford to do that, will go to the back-alley or self-abortion. So much for health and safety.

O.C. Brown
Auburn
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