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General News · 26th October 2019
Maureen Bader
Be careful what you wish for.

Sure democracy is great. But majority rule means things don't always go the way you like. Last year, a referendum in Alabama restricted a woman's ability to choose an abortion.

A "yes" vote supported this amendment to make it state policy to "recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life" and to state that no provisions of the constitution provide a right to an abortion or require funding of abortions.

A "no" vote opposed this amendment to make it state policy to "recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life" and to state that no provisions of the constitution provide a right to an abortion or require funding of abortions.

The Yes side won (59% to 41%) and now, all abortions in the state are prohibited except those necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the woman. Performing an abortion is a felony punishable with up to 99 years in prison for doctors performing it.

Think about that today when you cast your vote to determine whether we remain free to choose.