As Alabama fast tracks a TRAP bill that may close down all abortion clinics in the state, bill sponsor Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin stated during the hearing that the new provisions weren’t intended to stop any abortions from happening. “I wish, but it won’t,” she responded when asked by another committee member, AL.com reports.
Rep. Kurt Wallace is more blatant in the bill’s attempt to stop abortion all together—at least, legal, safe abortion. I received a copy of this email from an Alabama woman opposed to the bill, who wrote Rep. Wallace asking him to refuse to vote for it.
Rep. Wallace’s response? “Stop playing God.”
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On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM, XXXX wrote:
I’m not really certain why this bill is being rushed through the house but it can’t possibly be for the benefit of women no matter what you may be hearing. This bill is meant for the sole purpose of forcing the women’s clinics in Alabama to close and I don’t think some of you have thought through what it would mean to women in the state. Closing clinics isn’t going to stop abortion in Alabama, it just means that women will return to the days of back alleys, coat hangers and other means to self abort. You’re hurting the babies who will be born to mothers who can’t support them, don’t want them or will make the child miserable for the rest of its life because it was born. If you don’t believe me, please read some reputable information on the subject….not the material given to you by some self-serving entity with an agenda.
If you’re against this bill, thank you. If you’re considering voting for this bill, please at least give yourself time to fully understand the implications and what passing this bill will mean to the women of this state. We will remember, and we DO vote.
In a message dated 2/6/2013 10:36:26 P.M. Central Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
Stop trying to play God. If you don’t want children don’t get pregnant. Only God gives life and you have no right to decide when to end it. You’re concerned about us “hurting babies who will be born to mothers that can’t support them”. So rather than have a child born, and possibly adopted by a loving family that can’t have children, you would rather KILL the child. There is a big difference between “hurt” and “kill”.
Rep. Wallace describes himself on the state website as a Conservative Christian who will “fearlessly defend my God, country, and family against all who would do them harm.” He co-sponsored a bill that would force all pregnant women and girls to undergo a ultrasound before an abortion, even if the woman in question was the victim of rape or incest, and that would define a fertilized egg as a person with legal rights, which would deny teens, women, and families in the state access to birth control.
When it comes to advising women that if they don’t want to have children, they shouldn’t get pregnant, Rep. Wallace may be one of the biggest obstacles standing in their way. But he insists reproductive rights supporters are the ones “trying to play God.”
UPDATED: Rep. Wallace is just as delicate when it comes to responding to all of his constituents, it seems. Now he allegedly has told one that it’s “not rocket science” to not get pregnant and reiterates a very narrow definition of “family.”
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM, Polly Winters* wrote:
Subject: Please vote no on TRAP bill (HB 57). This bill would devastate clinics in Alabama.
Dear Rep. Wallace
Anti-choice politicians continue working to take away a woman’s right to choose what is best for her and her family.
Please let me know what I can do to help.
With your help, we will work to ensure reproductive rights don’t become a thing of the past in our state.
On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM, Kurt Wallace wrote:
Thank you for your concern. However, by definition a “family” is a husband, wife, and children. If we kill all our children before they are born we won’t have any families and therefore, nothing to choose. Not getting pregnant is not rocket science, but carelessly getting pregnant and then killing your child is just plain wrong!