Voters to Decide on ‘Right to Life’ Language in Constitution

Alabama voters will decide in 2018 whether to write anti-abortion language into the state constitution.

The Alabama House of Representatives voted 73-24 Tuesday to give final approval to the legislation seeking to put “right to life” language into the Alabama Constitution. If approved by voters, the wording could put Alabama in a position to deny access to the procedure if current federal laws were to be overturned. The measure will go before voters in 2018.

Rep. Matt Fridy, the Republican bill sponsor, says it will affirm Alabama values unborn life.

Rep. Mary Moore, a Birmingham Democrat, said state lawmakers are showing they care about fetuses, instead of children who are born.

The measure is largely symbolic unless the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion.

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