Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson, who opposes abortion, criticized Alabama’s near-total abortion ban that on Wednesday grew to become the nation’s most restrictive and one anticipated to face authorized problem.
“I feel Alabama has gone too far,” Robertson stated Wednesday on “The 700 Membership” earlier than the invoice was signed into regulation by Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. “It is an excessive regulation.
“They wish to problem Roe v. Wade, however my humble view is that this isn’t the case that we wish to carry to the Supreme Court docket, as a result of I feel it will lose.”
Robertson cited the regulation’s lack of exemptions for rape or incest and its punishment as much as 99 years in jail for performing an abortion within the state.
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The regulation, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Terri Collins, makes performing an abortion within the state a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in jail. Making an attempt an abortion can be a felony, with a jail sentence of 1 to 10 years.
The one exceptions to the ban can be a menace to the lifetime of the mom; a psychological sickness the place a beginning may result in a lady’s demise or the demise of her little one; or within the case of fetal anomalies the place a toddler may be stillborn or die after beginning.
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“I feel it is ill-considered,” Robertson instructed viewers on the Christian Broadcasting Community. The televangelist continued by criticizing the Roe v. Wade resolution and emphasizing the necessity for strict abortion legal guidelines within the nation.
“However the Alabama case, God bless them. They’re making an attempt to do one thing, however I do not assume that is the case, and I do not wish to carry it to the Supreme Court docket,” Robertson stated.
Collins and different supporters of the regulation stated it’s designed to take a problem to Roe vs. Wade to the Supreme Court docket.
Authorized consultants, nevertheless, say the court docket may not reverse the 1973 resolution by taking on circumstances on strict legal guidelines like Alabama’s – even with the addition of conservative justices added by President Donald Trump. Taking up circumstances with lesser restrictions to chip away at abortion rights is extra probably, consultants say.
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Contributing: Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser, and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
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