Alabama lawmakers passed two bills in the waning hours of their legislative session on Wednesday that could close two of the state's five abortion clinics and make it harder for women to receive abortions in their second trimester.
One of the bills prohibits abortion clinics from operating within 2,000 feet of an elementary or middle school—the same restriction that applies to sex offenders. If Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, it may force two of the state's five abortion clinics to close, including a clinic in Huntsville that is the only one providing abortion care in the northern half of Alabama. The clinic just moved to its current location, across the street from a school, in 2014, in order to comply with other abortion restrictions passed in Alabama in 2013.
The sponsor of the bill, Alabama state Sen. Paul Sanford, likened the restrictions to those imposed on sex offenders. "We can put a restriction on whether a liquor store opens up across the street and make sure pedophiles stay away from schools," he told the Times Daily in February. "I just think having an abortion clinic that close to elementary-age school children that actually have to walk on the sidewalk past it is not the best thing."
The second bill would ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure.
First off family clinics do not typically have "Abortion" on the sign in front of their buildings. So how would school children know unless somebody told them in order to start the indoctrination into their anti-abortion hate cult?
Secondly this is yet another example of one of the deeply red states essentially undermining the law of the land until it is all but non-existent.
And thirdly if somebody was serious about protecting young children by imposing a 2,000 foot perimeter it would be one that kept Republican lawmakers from crossing it, because let's face it when a young child is sexually assaulted that is the direction one should look first.