Alabama: “each person has a God-given right to life”

Alabama joins the increasing trend in defending the unborn in the recent State Supreme Court ruling that recognizes each person, including the unborn, as having “a God-given right to life.” The ruling comes in response to a mother suing over the wrongful death of her unborn child prior to “viability.”

The court cited the 1973 Alabama Supreme Court decision Wolfe v. Isbell, which ruled “that from the moment of conception, the fetus or embryo is not a part of the mother, but rather has a separate existence within the body of the mother,” continuing, “medical advances since Roe have conclusively demonstrated that an unborn child is a unique human being at every stage of development,” he wrote. As such, the belief that women should not be able to sue if their unborn child is below an ever-changing medical standard “should be universally abandoned” and “rejected by other states until the day it is overruled by the United States Supreme Court.”

In 2011 a record number of state laws meant to restrict abortion were enacted. The Guttmacher Institute reports that 83 pro-life laws were passed in 2011, double the previous record of 34, enacted in 2005, and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. In the wake of 2011’s unprecedented record, 2012 is already shaping up to be a strong year for state-sanctioned protection of the unborn under the law. Way to be, States.

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