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Alabama Senator Wants to Ban Abortion Because The Bible Tells Him So

Robin Marty

Never has an anti-choice politician been so blatant that his motives are purely about his religion.

Often in the last few years we’ve seen abortion bills wrapped in the guise of preserving women’s health and safety, in ending discrimination, or on medically-disproven claims. So it’s almost refreshing to listen to Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill admit that the motive for all of his abortion restrictions is that he thinks this is what God wants him to do.

Sen. McGill makes it clear in his remarks that his upcoming “personhood” bill is as much about starting a conversation about scripture as social policy, and he quotes that scripture a lot. Via the Daily Sentinel:

“Just based on the Scripture alone, the Psalm that talks about God knowing us before he placed us in our mother’s womb, is enough for me to know that that is a life inside of a mother,” said McGill, R-Macedonia.

“So my question concerning aborted babies is, where do they go, heaven or hell? I just want to know what [people’s] perspective is.”

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The senator said that, after prayer, he thinks life begins at the moment of fertilization, be it inside the mother or “creatively outside the mother’s womb.”

“That union between the sperm and the egg is where life begins, and maybe where God places his spirit inside that child, so to speak,” McGill said. “Therefore, I would hope that the legislation that we push in the future would state that all the eggs fertilized need to be placed in the mother’s womb.”

Lucky for Sen. McGill, his bible is pretty flexible when he wants it to be. After all, it is the same bible that he claims says that teacher salaries need to be low so only those who are called to the job will do it rather than those who might be attracted by money.

Still we can at least give Sen. McGill kudos for being honest about his motives. It’s far more than we can say about most of the rest of his anti-choice compatriots.

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