A huge chunk of money spent against a pro-life Alabama ballot measure did not come from within the state.
Yellowhammer News reports the out-of-state, dark money came from the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups. These groups spent about $1.5 million to attack Amendment 2, which would affirm unborn babies’ right to life in the Alabama constitution, according to the report.
The proposed constitutional amendment asks voters to “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.” The amendment also would guarantee that “the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
Planned Parenthood has attacked the amendment repeatedly with misleading claims. Contrary to what Planned Parenthood says, the amendment would still allow exceptions for abortion when the mother’s life is at stake. It would not punish women whose unborn babies die in miscarriages or stillbirth, or women who undergo infertility treatments or experience ectopic pregnancies.
Pro-life leaders, writing at Yellowhammer News, pointed out how ridiculous some of the claims have been:
We find it quite ironic that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider where hundreds of thousands of babies are killed inside its clinics every year, and its allies are claiming that Amendment Two is “anti-family,” when the Amendment clearly declares the importance of protecting life.
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Amendment Two is emphatically pro-family and pro-life, and that’s why the Amendment is a threat to Planned Parenthood’s radical agenda.
State Rep. Matt Fridy, a pro-life Republican, previously said he had the future in mind when he proposed the amendment, according to the local news. He said he was thinking about Tennessee where the state Supreme Court ruled that a woman has a “right” to abortion under the state constitution.
That ruling made it basically impossible for Tennessee lawmakers to pass even moderate abortion regulations, such as parental consent for minors or a ban on taxpayer-funded abortions. In 2014, Tennessee voters approved a ballot measure to amend their constitution to make it clear there is no right to abortion.
Fridy said he wants to prevent the same potential court trouble in Alabama.
Voters in West Virginia and Oregon also are considering ballot measures Tuesday to end taxpayer funding of elective abortions in their states.