BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Another amendment on the ballot for Alabama voters Amendment 2, which concerns abortion. It was introduced by Rep. Matt Fridy and passed on March, 16, 2017.
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion. (Proposed by Act 2017-188)
Alabama for Healthy Families says that Amendment 2 would pave the way for outlawing abortion in the state, including in cases of incest, rape and when a pregnancy puts a woman’s life at risk. “With so many other problems facing the state of Alabama, this amendment is the wrong priority,” according to the group’s website.” Many pro-life Alabamians, including doctors and nurses, oppose this amendment because they believe that abortion is necessary in some circumstance and Amendment to goes too far.”
While the amendment does not point out specific action items, it protects unborn children. “Amendment Two will state that nothing in Alabama’s Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion,” according to the Alliance for a Pro-Life Alabama’s website. “Amendment Two will ensure the protection of the rights of the unborn child in all manners and measures lawful and appropriate.”