Red State Republicans sure do love the notion that women need to be protected from, above all else, themselves. Alabama is no different with what may be the goofiest TRAP law of them all regulating abortion clinics.
The Alabama legislature passed a bill Wednesday that prohibited abortion clinics from being within 2,000 feet from any K-8 public school — the same rule a sex offender must follow in the state.
If signed by anti-abortion Gov. Robert Bentley (R), the rule will force at least one abortion clinic to move — or close. This won’t be the first time the Huntsville clinic, Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, will be forced to relocate because of an anti-abortion law. The clinic moved to its current location across the street from a new elementary school to comply with a 2013 anti-abortion bill that placed unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinic facilities.
“It disturbs me that a person has tried to abide by the law, and still gets penalized,” Democratic Rep. Laura Hall said, according to the Associated Press. “It is unfair for an individual to meet the demands of a law that we passed and when they moved, we create another law to put them basically out of business.”
Supporters argue that the regulation is meant to keep aggressive anti-abortion protesters away from children, something a clinic has no control over. But other state lawmakers have been more direct about the fact that their general dislike of abortion clinics fueled the vote.
“I don’t feel like these types of facilities need to be anywhere near our children,” said Republican Rep. Ed Henry, who carried the bill in the House.
The anti-abortion advocacy organization that fought for the bill echoed Henry’s opposition.
“Our message is to point out that killing a baby is still killing a baby whether its politically correct or not,” says local activist Rev. James Henderson, the executive director of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, the group responsible for getting the bill into the statehouse. He said it made sense that abortion clinics should have the same buffer zone from schools as sex offenders because, he said, the majority of underage girls brought to abortion clinics, “according to studies that have been done, are pregnant as a result of statutory rape anyways.”
See, abortion clinics promote rape of children, so we can't have them near schools. Pretty soon it's going to be "can't have them near churches" and "can't have them near government buildings" and "can't have them within city limits" and so on, until they're virtually impossible to provide for 95% of women.
If there's anything that people need to understand, is that these fanatics will block Clinton or Sanders from ever appointing a Supreme Court justice to end these laws. They are here to keep women poor, pregnant, and under control as second-class citizens whom for sex is a cardinal sin, and reserve abortions for only "the right kind of women" to be able to get.
This has always been about punishing the sluts and the whores, and it has been for thousands of years.