Alabama Bill Proposing ‘Right to Life’ Constitutional Amendment (HB 98)
This law was last updated on Nov 7, 2018
HB 98 proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of the state to recognize and support the sanctity of ‘unborn life’ and the rights of ‘unborn children,’ including the right to life.
The amendment would further declare and affirm that it is the public policy of the state to ensure the protection of the rights of the ‘unborn child’ in all manners and measures lawful and appropriate.
The amendment would also specify that the constitution of Alabama does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.
If passed, the amendment would proceed to election and be presented to voters with the following description:
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise 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; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.
“Proposed by Act ________.”
This description shall be followed by the following language:
“Yes ( ) No ( ).”
Passed the house on March 16, 2017, by a 67-14 vote.
Passed the senate on April 20, 2017, by a 25-7 vote.
Final passage in the house on April 25, 2017, by a 73-24 vote.
On November 6, 2018, Alabama voters overwhelmingly approved the measure, by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. The amendment will act as a “trigger ban” and completely outlaw abortion should Roe v. Wade fall.