Strong Majority of Alabama Residents Back Pro-Life Position on Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 22, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 22, 2004

Mobile, AL ( — A new poll of Alabama residents shows that a strong majority take a pro-life position opposing all or almost all abortions.

A survey conducted by the Mobile Register newspaper and the University of South Alabama found that about 60 percent of Alabama residents said abortion should only be allowed in the very rare instances of rape, incest of when the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother.

The poll also found that Alabama residents, by a 43 to 38 percent margin, want President Bush to appoint pro-life judges who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed abortion.

That number is consistent with a similar poll taken last year finding Alabama residents opposed to the landmark Supreme Court decision.

Meanwhile, an abortion practitioner who killed a woman in Alabama in 2003 in a botched abortion is facing a hearing by the state medical board on whether his suspended medical license should be revoked permanently. Malachy DeHenre’s medical license has been suspended in Mississippi as well, where he also performed abortions.

In November 2003, a Birmingham, Alabama woman died just 10 hours after DeHenre performed an abortion. In February 2001, a 22-year-old woman required a hysterectomy after an abortion he performed, and three other cases of injured women were noted from 2001-2003.

Last year, a federal judge ruled that Alabama’s Right to Know law is constitutional.

The law requires abortion facilities to make information about fetal development and abortion risks and dangers available to women 24 hours before an abortion can be performed.

According to the Alabama Department of Health, 10,130 abortions were performed last year — a drop of almost 15 percent since President Bush first took office in 2001.