Tag: abortion

Alabama’s Martha Roby: It’s still ‘very emotional’ recalling horrific Planned Parenthood videos that sparked passionate floor speech

It's been nearly three years since Alabama Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby was the first member to give an impassioned one-minute speech on the House floor decrying Planned Parenthood after alarming undercover videos surfaced about the abortion provider's sale of fetal body parts. Roby, who will next month face former Democrat Congressman Bobby Bright in a GOP primary runoff for Alabama's 2nd congressional district, appeared on Alabama-based EWTN last week and recalled what it was like to see the Center for Medical Progress videos and speak out about them. "Even to hear [a replay of the speech] now is very emotional," Roby said, with tears coming to her eyes. "I remember I was sitting in an appropriations markup, committee mark, that morning, and was scrolling through Twitter on my phone and came across the article and just couldn't believe what I was reading, and I immediately texted the link to my staff and said, 'Is this real? Is this really happening?' So as soon as the committee mark was over, I immediately went to the floor to give that one-minute speech ... and one minute was not nearly enough. I distinctly remember there were other members waiting in line to give their one-minutes and they too were filled with emotion at hearing this for the first time." WATCH Roby's July 2015 speech: (more…)

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says he’s pro-life, but his language is chock-full of pro-choice phraseology

Earlier this month the Democrat Party's nominee for governor, Walt Maddox, responded to a questionnaire about his views on many issues facing Alabamians, but his answers about abortion proved to be the most revealing, although probably unintentionally. The Tuscaloosa mayor began by writing that he was "personally opposed to abortion," a slippery term if there ever was one, before proceeding to use similar phrases that we normally hear from the pro-choice crowd. It's as if Maddox was sampling lines from an abortion apologist's Greatest Hits album. Why this matters: Alabama already has one pro-choice politician in high office with Sen. Doug "20 Weeks" Jones, who infamously voted against banning aborting unborn children when they're 20-weeks old and capable of feeling pain. We cannot afford to have another one. (more…)

Sorry AL.com, there’s no ‘burning’ progressive movement in Alabama just because we rejected Roy Moore

It’s now been a week since the election of Doug Jones prompted Al.com’s editorial board to breathlessly declare that the “voice of justice” had spoken for a “burning movement” of “black voters, LGBT activists, women and young voters” who represent the future of our state. Their words crackled with confidence and jubilation because, in their minds, the progressive agenda had finally penetrated the Heart of Dixie. “Doug Jones's election is a moment of change, not only in Alabama, but for an America yearning for signs that these values matter in 2017,” the editorial board gushed. We get it. They were excited. But now that the euphoria has abated, it’s time for them to get back to reality and face the facts: Alabama was, is and will always be one of the most conservative states in the country. Look around. Has anything changed since Jones was elected? Are you seeing more rainbow flags flying in our communities? Did your neighbor trade-in his F-150 for a Prius? Have you suddenly started agreeing with John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire? No. No. And heck no. Only someone stuck in an echo chamber of liberalism would think Alabama embraced even a shred of the Democratic Party’s agenda simply because a majority of our voters rejected someone who many believe molested a 14-year old girl. Alabama didn’t elect Doug Jones. We un-elected the nominee of the Republican Party of Alabama. Big difference. Alabama is still an overwhelmingly conservative state, ranked fifth most conservative by Gallup earlier this…

Who really embarrasses Alabama: Roy Moore’s surrogate or smooth talking Doug Jones?

[caption id="attachment_54107" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (Screenshot/YouTube)[/caption]   By now many Alabamians have watched the campaign clip that had the rest of the country laughing at us for days: former Shelby County commissioner Ted Crockett’s interview last week with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Speaking on Moore’s behalf, Crockett said the judge “probably” believes homosexuality should be illegal and that Americans who aren’t Christian cannot serve in Congress because “you have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America.” In case you missed it, watch it here: https://youtu.be/WFYRkzznsc0 You probably cringed. You may have laughed. And you certainly said, “THIS is why people think Alabama is backward.” I did, too. But while watching Crockett’s clip again over the weekend I had another thought: Sure, this guy has a couple of things wrong but he isn’t what’s wrong with our country. He’s not the problem. He’s not what we’re fighting against. He’s not working to uproot our Founding and fundamentally change our culture. You know who is? Senator-elect Doug Jones. Think about it, who’s really more of an embarrassment to Alabama? -- A) The guy who doesn’t know that someone doesn't actually have to swear on a Bible to hold public office, or -- B) The guy who doesn’t understand it’s wrong to shoot poison into the heart of a seven-month-old unborn child, rip its little arms and legs from its body, and then toss its bloody and broken corpse into the garbage? In case you missed…

J. Pepper Bryars: Have pro-life Democrat candidates become an endangered species in Alabama?

[caption id="attachment_20691" align="aligncenter" width="840"] (Christine Szeto/Flickr)[/caption] Pro-life candidates in the Alabama Democratic Party have long been on the political equivalent of the threatened species list. Abortion rights extremists have hunted them mercilessly, their numbers have dropped precipitously, and their once vast territory has shrunk to a few measly electoral acres on the outskirts of their party. But has the nomination of Doug Jones signaled that they’ve officially become an endangered species in Alabama? “The National Democratic Party has made it difficult for pro-life people to feel welcome in the party,” said state Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, the former minority leader of the Alabama House, in a recent interview. “Most of the elected officials who have switched parties in Alabama over the last six or seven years have cited abortion as a key reason for leaving. It's definitely a problem for Democrats in conservative states.” How bad of a problem? Their national office touched off a firestorm a few months ago when their chairman said the Democratic National Committee wouldn’t fund any candidates who were pro-life. When other parts of their fund-raising apparatus countered and said they’d indeed fund some pro-life candidates, the base of the party went nuts. Seems some folks in Alabama heard them. The Alabama Democratic Party didn’t nominate a moderate on abortion rights, someone who’ll say it should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy. Nope. They put up a full-on abortion rights extremist that would make Nancy Pelosi proud. Jones appeared on MSNBC recently and…

J. Pepper Bryars: Roy Moore would lose by 20-points if his Democratic opponent were pro-life (or at least not so pro-abortion)

[caption id="attachment_49761" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (MSNBC/YouTube)[/caption]     Doug Jones would likely swamp Roy Moore in next month’s special election if the Democrat didn’t hold such extreme pro-abortion views. Consider this: -- Nearly 60 percent of adults in Alabama believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. They found that only 37 percent felt the opposite. -- Alabama now has more than 3.3 million registered voters, according to our secretary of state’s office. Why this matters: Do the math. By adopting such an extreme view on abortion rights (the “legal in all or most cases” belief), Jones traded a potential block of 1.9-million pro-life votes for a measly 1.2-million pro-choice votes. Democrats are leaving 700,000 voters on the table – voters who are very pro-life. How pro-life? Here are just a couple of emails that I’ve received from Yellowhammer readers on the issue: -- “I will NEVER vote for anyone who supports abortion on demand,” wrote Garry Lovette of Muscle Shoals. -- “I can’t find myself voting for Doug Jones with his deplorable view on abortion,” added Dr. Andrew Hodges of Scottsboro. And here’s my two-cents just to make Yellowhammer’s editorial position crystal clear: I will never, even under pain of death, vote for someone who thinks abortion-on-demand should remain legal. Never. Sure, some extreme pro-choice voters would likely abandon any pro-life Democrat nominee, but the difference is wide enough – 700,000 voters – that such a candidate could easily gain much…

Alabama’s Democrat nominee for the U.S. Senate would be a certain “No” vote for pro-life Supreme Court justices

[caption id="attachment_49761" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (MSNBC/YouTube)[/caption]   Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate next month is about one thing: the Supreme Court. Regardless of either candidate’s campaign promises, the arcane rules of senate seniority mean that the winner will be a powerless backbencher for at least the next couple of years, maybe more, unable to change much and capable of very little. The one vote that matters: The senate is nearly split down the middle, so whoever wins – Democrat Doug Jones or Republican Roy Moore – will likely cast one of the two or three deciding votes on who’ll replace pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg or crucial swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. We know how Moore will vote. He’s 100-percent prolife. But what about Jones? The Democrat Party’s nominee recently said he’s “not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose” to abort her unborn child, even when the baby can feel pain after 20-weeks, even when the baby could survive outside of the womb weeks later. https://youtu.be/6N319bNkuWo?t=5m46s That shocking statement leaves very little room for interpretation or divination: He is “not in favor of anything” that would slow or stop abortion in this country, and that would include reversing Roe v. Wade. Jones would be a certain “no” vote against a pro-life nominee to the high court, and would likely cast even more “no” votes on the dozens of lower court pro-life nominees that could come before the chamber during…

Democrat senate candidate’s abortion views are abhorrent to most Alabamans

[caption id="attachment_49123" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo from DougJonesForSenate.com[/caption]   Doug Jones, the Democrat nominee to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, appeared on MSNBC recently and was asked whether he’d support banning abortion after 20-weeks, the time at which an unborn child is known to feel the pain of the brutal procedure. “You wouldn’t be in favor of legislation that said ban abortion after 20 weeks, or something like that?” asked Chuck Todd, the show’s host. “No, I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose,” Jones said. “That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years, it’s the position I continue to have.” Not ... in ... favor ... of ... anything. Jones then attempted to mask the atrocious opinion by saying that, “once a baby is born, I’m going to be there for that child, that’s where I become a right-to-lifer.” Seriously? So we’re to think that in the few months, few weeks, or perhaps even few days or hours before birth, the baby is something else, perhaps the often described “blob of tissue.” But then something magical happens that turns the baby into a person between the moment it’s in the mother’s womb and the moment it's in the doctor’s hands. Move over, Fairy Godmother. Your old trick of turning pumpkins into carriages is child’s play compared to this. And that’s where Doug Jones and his party are on this issue – a land of fiction. Anyone with…

Pro-life lawmakers are a heartbeat away from ending abortion in Alabama (Opinion by J. Pepper Bryars)

Abortion rights supporters are worried that Alabama could soon tie North Dakota for having the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation thanks to a group of bills moving through the state legislature. “Alabama GOP advances multiple extremist anti-abortion bills,” read a headline in the far-left Daily Kos blog, and another in the liberal Huffington Post alerted readers that “Draconian abortion restrictions advance in Alabama legislature.” That’s good news for pro-life activists in Alabama. They began their incremental battle last year by first tightening the licensing requirements for abortion clinics. Now they’re seeking to restrict what happens inside, first with a bill to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected and another to close a loophole that allows minors to bypass the state’s parental notification law. The “heartbeat bill,” introduced by Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, is based on what many believe is a medical fact – abortion stops a beating heart. Depending on what device and procedure is used, an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be heard anytime from a few weeks to a couple of months after conception. Similar heartbeat bills have been attempted in several states but only two – measures in Arkansas and North Dakota – ever became law. Federal judges blocked them from taking effect. The other bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, seeks to close the loophole that allows minors to too easily bypass the parental notification law. Currently, a minor doesn’t need parental permission for an abortion if a court finds she…