The Alabama House of Representatives has put HB 527, the so called “2000 foot bill” that equates reproductive health centers with sex offenders on their special order calendar for Tuesday, May 27 at 1PM to be voted on the House floor. It is #7 on the special order calendar, If you can make it to the State House in Montgomery, we need you there in the front row of the gallery wearing your best prochoice gear to show the lawmakers that we will not idly stand by while our legal healthcare rights are taken away from us! This bill could close EVERY reproductive healthcare center in the state. No signs are allowed in the gallery, which is on the 7th floor.
Here is our statement on the House vote on HB 527:
“Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates stands firmly against HB 527 and the targeted attack on womens healthcare in Alabama. This bill was brought about out of the frustrations of the anti-abortion protesters in North Alabama who have been attempting to block access by manipulating existing laws unsuccessfully. These protesters are now seeking to use the Alabama State Legislature as a pawn at the expense of the taxpayers to carry out a personal vendetta. By likening a health care facility to a sex offender in the wording of the bill it is clear that the intent is not to make women safer, but to deny access in Huntsville. These last minute attempts to force this bill through the legislature would be better served to fix our state budget, and not create an ongoing legal battle by violating the constitutional rights of Alabama citizens.”
“This proposed bill makes it quite obvious that the Alabama Legislature is once again trying to eradicate a woman’s constitutional right to obtain a safe, legal abortion. These attempts have nothing to do with women’s health and everything to do with interfering with women’s reproductive healthcare choices, as most women are not even aware they are pregnant before a heartbeat might be detected. This type of legislation has been overturned by the courts in North Dakota & Arkansas and will be challenged in Alabama if it passes. We would hope that the Legislature would work to solve our looming budget shortfall instead of passing unconstitutional legislation that will cost the state untold amounts of taxpayer money that it does not have to spare.”
-Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates
The text of the bill can be found here.
Below is our statement in regards to Alabama’s proposed SB289, which would repeal the 48 hour mandatory hospital stay for new mothers after birth and informing women of dense breast tissue on mammograms.
ARRA is in support of laws designed to improve healthcare for women, especially those that protect women through preventative measures. Though we do not represent ourselves as medical professionals, any attempt by the AL legislature that directly jeopardizes womens reproductive healthcare is a matter that needs to be swiftly addressed. We find it particularly troubling that Senator Stutts would like to repeal a law that was put in place specifically after one of his own patients tragically passed away.
Text of SB289 can be found here. Check out the coverage of this bill at Left in Alabama and al.com here & here.