The Greedy Vets Club has hit a new low with their latest hysterical screed to Alabama's veterinary community. Apparently, God supports their efforts to shut down the state's low-cost spay & neuter clinics, although the question of "who would Jesus spay" remains open.
If your vet is Dr. Buddy Bruce, ask yourself why. And, fellow Democrats, you might also want to ask State Senator Billy Beasley why he voted against HB-141 (the bill to allow the non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter clinics to continue to operate) in committee last week. I did, but have yet to receive a response. Senator Beasley was the only Democrat on the committee to vote NO. The bill passed on an 8-4 vote and now goes to the Senate floor, where opponents are desperate to stop it.
So much so that they released a letter over the weekend urging vets to oppose the clinics. A few choice tidbits include:
"Its (sic) time to stand up for what is right! The following comes from the book of Proverbs 12:10 - A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
Wow. That sounds like these vets are all up in the business of animal welfare & safety, right? oops... never mind... here are the last two paragraphs of the letter (the poor grammar is the writer's, not ours):
Your local Humane Society is a 501c3 business and can have a Spay/Neuter clinic if HB141 passes along with any other 501c3 that would desire to do so.
Remember, failure to act today may result in the Greater Birmingham Humane Society's Mobile Bus being parked in the parking lot across from your office, don't believe me, well here it is.
Locate your state senator here at the Alabama Legislature Home page and ask him/her to support HB141 when it comes to the floor (probably this week) AND ask him/her to vote to invoke cloture (require an up or down vote on the bill) should opponents try to filibuster.
There's a new study out on Medicaid Expansion in Alabama from Troy University. It finds different conclusions from two prior studies from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Articles on this study, and the new study's authors, point out that the two prior studies were funded by the Alabama Hospital Association. Of course the authors deny any bias in their own research at Troy University's Johnson Center which is funded by the Koch brothers, a banking charity, and its namesake, Manuel H. Johnson -who held the Koch Chair for International Economics at George Mason University.
I was taught, and I am still learning how true it is, that in politics you must follow the money; this holds true in medicine and in research as well. It is likely true that the Alabama Hospital Association, hoping to encourage Governor (Dr.) Bentley to expand Medicaid and thereby keep more of their member hospitals open, was happy with the results of the first two studies.
So what is the benefit for the Koch brothers, and other super-rich industrialists, if Alabama does not expand Medicaid? They have funded commercials (the creepy Uncle Sam puppet/doctor and many others) to convince young people not to get health insurance in a clear attack on the Affordable Care Act. They have funded other ACA misinformation efforts and support many other right wing goals. By reputation the Koch brothers want all of America to be like Alabama: low wage, nonunion, no benefits. Reversing the Affordable Care Act, if that were somehow possible, will save a lot of money on labor and pension costs.
Do the Koch brothers have health insurance? Do they see doctors? Have they offered to pay for the medical care of any of those who avoided signing up for affordable health care after the Koch brothers' commercials convinced them it was a bad idea? Some may tell you that the Kochs had nothing to do with many of these expenditures, but if you follow the money, you see that many of them derive financial support from Koch funded front organizations. By the way, "Koch" (pronounced "coke") is German for "cook" and we should not have to eat what they are cooking up!
Now, I am no economist, only a family doctor and Army veteran. But follow the money. Are the researchers biased? Does who funds your research determine your results? Certainly your politics (except maybe in mathematics) and prior research topics may determine who wants to fund your future research. I may be biased since more insured people would mean more paying patients. Aside from money it's frustrating when patients without insurance can't afford to follow my advice. It's also exasperating to hear about people who can't even afford to see a family doctor. And it is heartbreaking to hear about people who, waiting for care they don’t yet have the money to pay for, die.
Follow the money for yourself. Do you have a small hospital near you that has closed or is about to close? Do you and all of your family and friends (anyone who might ask you for money if they need it for medical care) have affordable health insurance and medical care? If you do, did you know that you pay inflated costs in insurance and in taxes to help hospitals cover expenses when they provide emergency care to people who never pay for it? Do you or your relatives work in healthcare and now have to drive further (or take a job out of state) for work? Do we want to become a third world country where people die if they don't have money or health insurance? This is already happening to people in Alabama.
Whether expanding Medicaid is revenue neutral or not, costs us more right off, costs us in 3 years or even saves money, what these economists and Doctor Bentley leave out of the equation is that up to 300,000 more Alabama citizens will have health insurance. Again, follow the money. Do you believe that funded hospitals are a good idea in your county or is it better to support the ideals of the super-rich?
When I speak to Alabamians across the state, nearly all of them want to be sure that their families have the ability to obtain healthcare when they need it - regardless of how fat or skinny their wallets are. You should not have to follow your own money to help you decide to seek medical care; to decide if you should live or die. So I ask you: what is best for Alabama, what is best for you? I have personally and publicly asked Governor Doctor Bentley to expand Medicaid to cover these deserving hard-working Alabamians, expand healthcare jobs, and keep community hospitals in this state from closing.
Former Congressman Parker Griffith threw red meat to the small crowd gathered at the Downtown Democrats meeting on Thursday. He lashed out at Governor Bentley, Alabama Republicans, the Republican Study Committee, but saved his sharpest barbs for the Koch Brothers.
Here are two video clips that give you his speech in its entirety. It seemed fair to let Griffith make his entire case without interruption. It sounds really good. Indeed, if this had come from any other candidate, I'd be really excited about supporting him. Unfortunately, the former Democrat, former Republican, former Independent, and now Democrat again Congressman has some credibility issues - with me, anyway.
Even after losing to Mo Brooks (without a runoff) in the 2010 primary, he was unrepentant. While acknowledging that it may have been a mistake "politically" to leave the Democratic Party, Griffith explained further:
Still, he said he's got no regrets: "But on principle, it was the right thing to do." He went on to say that he will remain a Republican and that he believes President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D--Calif.) are socialists. He also called for the health-care law to be repealed.
Listen to the song he was singing on Thursday, and compare Parker 4.0 (or whatever software release he's operating under now) with the previous versions in the video clips on the flip. Which one do you believe?
On March 18th, the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth will bring young people from around the state to Montgomery to show their support for HB139. AA4HY is a statewide group of diverse youth and young adults working together to influence policies and programs that support sexual health.
In Alabama, no schools are required by law to teach any form of sex education. If public schools do chose to offer sex education, the state has nine minimum content requirements. Many of these minimums, such as HIV/AIDS education, are considered important parts of comprehensive, age-appropriate, sex education. However, the eighth minimum states that it should be taught that “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.”
The AAHY and young people across the state are supporting HB139 because it mandates that “all material taught be done in a culturally sensitive manner.” The bill removes the eighth minimum completely, and minor words in the law are changed to reflect current phrasing.
In addition to making minimum content more affirming, HB139 is correcting false information. It is incorrect to say that “homosexual conduct” is a crime in the state of Alabama. The decision of the 2003 Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, overrides all laws of that nature in the United States.
LGBT identities are not crimes, and students should not be taught that their existence is invalid and shameful. No student in Alabama should be devalued in the classroom, and HB139 is an important step towards celebrating the diversity of cultures and identities in our state. These changes are making schools safer and more affirming.
Young people organized around a similar bill last year, and we are supporting HB139 because we believe in education and because we believe in Alabama. We want the strongest futures for our peers, for our communities, and for our families, and to do that, we need to strike the fear and shame from our education system. We need to pass HB139.
Almost lost amid the sound & fury of news coverage of Rep. Alvin Holmes' remark about race and abortion is the fact that our legislators wasted hours debating & passing a package of bills that will do nothing positive for the state. In fact, they're setting up the state to incur even more legal costs as opponents challenge bills like the "fetal heartbeat" bill that outlaws any abortion after a heartbeat is detected - often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant.
The law would allow abortions when prenatal anomalies would end with a stillbirth, but the law makes no exception for victims of rape and incest.
"I just don't think that gives her the right to kill," McClurkin said. [...]
The debate quickly turned to race after McClurkin said that she hoped Roe v. Wade would be overturned and she compared her efforts to that of Brown v. the Board of Education, which ruled segregation of schools unconstitutional.
Ok y'all. We expect Nordgren to say stupid things: she's a malaprop machine and I, for one, love her for it. With every speech, every bill, she gives fodder for blog posts and socks the GOP with another black eye. But Democrats, let's NOT try to match her statement for statement!
Congratulations to Rep. Holmes for handing Republicans a great big issue to whine about - and one that takes the public's focus on the bills that sailed through the House yesterday.
For instance, Rep. Patricia Todd's amendment to HB489 was tabled:
Today I offered an amendment to HB489, which extends the waiting period for an abortion to 48 hours, to provide one million dollars to DHR to promote adoptions in Alabama and one million dollars to the Department of Public Health for comprehensive sex education. This amendment was tabled, but I will continue to work to give real options to women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
First, there's absolutely no medical reason to force a woman to travel to a clinic for an appointment on Monday, then require her to make another trip 2 days later to receive medical care that she's legally entitled to obtain. Newsflash, legislators.... women don't decide on a whim to terminate a pregnancy. Nobody leaves the mall disgruntled because she's gone up a skirt size and impulsively heads straight to the local clinic for an abortion.
The idea that a woman seeking an abortion hasn't already given it serious thought infantalizes women. And the fact that the majority wouldn't even consider an amendment that would make adoptions easier and help prevent unplanned pregnancies in the first place tell us everything we need to know about the real intent of this bill.
The conditions and culture that exist at Tutwiler are horrific ,inexcusable, unacceptable - I am not sure there is any adjective or combination thereof, adequate to describe the revulsion at what has occurred there for so long.
But there is another prison problem looming, one which might affect every citizen in this state.
Currently Alabama prisons stand at 187% capacity. To put it another way, prisons built to hold appx 14,000 inmates now hold closer to 26,000.
Recently Federal Courts ordered the State of California to release inmates to bring their prison population down to 137% of capacity. The Alabama legislature is frightened that adding the overcrowding to the Tutwiler could result in a Federal Court either ordering the release of large numbers of inmates or requiring expenditures of huge sums to upgrade prisons or both.
Of course, the go-to guy in Madison County for outrageous quotes is Hugh McInnish, who serves on the Madison County Committee & state Republican Committee when he isn't pushing birther conspiracy theories & sharing his novel views on education. Truly, the guy is really, really busy look looking infiltrators, immigrants, and other undesirables. And he's finding them among fellow Republicans.
Mary Scott Hunter this afternoon survived a "false flag" challenge, as the Alabama GOP rejected a petition to yank Hunter's name from the Republican ballot.
Two members of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee -- Hugh McInnish and Dean Johnson -- argued that Hunter had run for office as a Republican, but as of late had taken up the "Democrat and Liberal standard." At issue was support of Common Core.
Many of us who watch the Alabama GOP closely are surprised by McInnish's allegation that his party is a hotbed of Democrats and Liberals. His explanation for this a tiny nugget buried in the article, but surely worth mentioning:
Back in Alabama, Hugh McInnish, a retired engineer and a conservative activist who voted to censure school board member Hunter, worries that people who in a more liberal state would be Democrats are diluting Alabama’s Republican Party. “It’s fair to say that in Alabama, the Democratic Party is the black party and the Republican Party is the white party,” he says. “Almost anyone [white] who wants to seek political office has got to run as a Republican. We now have all of the old Democrats saying, ‘I want to be a Republican,’ and they are not.”
Trust old Hugh to explain any and every issue in "black and white" terms. If there's ever a nationwide shortage of aluminium, it will be because Hugh McInnish is stockpiling it to make his tinfoil hats.
Welcome to Alabama, where guns & ammo are taxed at a lower rate than food. It's an "Independence Day treat" brought to you by Rep. Becky Nordgren of Gadsden - a woman so clueless about the the nation's founding documents that she thinks a sales tax holiday for guns is an appropriate July 4th activity.
Did I miss some important component of the Declaration? Nordgren & her fellow paranoiacs are always foaming at the mouth about the 2nd Amendment & 10th Amendment - both part of the Bill of Rights, which was ratified and became an official part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791.
But July 4th - Independence Day - celebrates the Declaration of Independence. It's a document that I view reventially, particuarly the last statement of risk & courage where the signers "mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fotunes, and our sacred honor..." The only places in the text that "gun" is mentioned is part of the word "begun."
But there's nothing honorable about this sort of doofus pandering. We live in a state that can't find the money to remove the sales tax on food - but taking the sales tax off guns? Splendid idea!
Why? Because....Obama... Jesus....liberals.... and - did we say, OBAMA?
“The anti-gun agenda being pursued by Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats, and other D.C. liberals has caused the cost of firearms and ammunition to skyrocket, and Alabamians, who embrace guns by long-standing tradition, deserve some relief,” Nordgren said in a news release.
“Holding a firearms sales tax holiday at the anniversary of our nation’s birth is the perfect way to celebrate the rights and independence that we hold close to our hearts as Americans.”
Because President Obama is SO coming for your guns, right? That's why so many "jack-booted thugs" have tromped through the domiciles of helplesss Alabama gun owners during the past 5 years.
The only good thing about this bill is that SO FAR it has no Democratic co-sponsors.
Rep. Nordgren is also the sponsor of another of this year's dreadful bills: HB31, the so-called "conscience bill" that lets health care workers opt-out of any procedure related to women's reproductive health. Where's the "Gun Store Employee Right of Conscience Bill" that protects workers with "religious, ethical, or moral objections" to selling firearms to anybody who wanders up? And don't even note that people with objections to that practice could get a job elsewhere, because... so could pharmacists, technicians, doctors, nurses, and anyone else who chooses to work in the health care field.
Don't hold your breath on that one. Could be that Rep. Nordgren already tried that - and look what's happened.
(It's been such a depressing week in Alabama.... - promoted by countrycat)
I am no writer, but this is a story that needs to be told. It is a story of how a pipeline company has obtained the right to place a toxic crude oil pipeline through the only approved source of drinking water for thousands of citizens in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Our story begins in Nov. 2012 when I, along with several other activists, learned of a plan for Plains SouthCap to build for a heated pipeline under the Mobile River to transport Canadian Tar sands. The Canadian National railway would bring into the City of Mobile, offload into the pipeline, and pump it under the Mobile River to a tank Farm on the east side of the river. We learned about this project during the Fall Retreat for the Alabama Sierra Club at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope AL when David Underhill, who heads the Mobile Bay Sierra Club environmental planning committee, noticed an article in the Mobile Press Register by Ben Raines.
In this article, Mobile Baykeeper, Casi Callaway, talked about the project and how she had seen the plans for the pipeline back in 2011, and that the Baykeepers approved of them. At the time we all wondered why the Baykeepers had kept this from other environmental groups who might have objected to the plans, but we had bigger fish to fry.
Kimberly McCuiston, Mr. Underhill, and I started digging.
That is when we discovered that there were also plans by Plains to build a 41 mile long pipeline that would originate at Ten Mile Terminal in Mobile, Al. and run the 41 miles to the Chevron Refinery in Pascagoula Ms. We believed this pipeline would transport Tar Sands as well.
We began researching, and found that the Public Service Commission had approved the plans in 2011 and granted the company the power of Eminent Domain. In addition, the Army Corp. of Engineers had granted Plains SouthCap (which at the time was an LLC operating under the parent company Plains All American out of Houston, TX) a nationwide permit.
The problem with a nationwide permit is that it allows the pipeline company to build their pipeline without doing the proper environmental studies. This was all done without the benefit of public hearings in the Mobile area, but rather a small notice was run in the paper, and the hearing was held at the PSC office in Montgomery. No one knew about the hearing, no one was able to object, and the company was given the right to build the pipeline.
We ran into a problem once we started trying to track down the actual pipeline route because Plains had not publically released the map of the route. Once again I started digging into the documents and with the use of Google Earth estimated the start and end points of the pipeline mapped the route, which took it directly through Big Creek Lake - the Municipal drinking water supply for an estimated 250,000 people. Shortly after I mapped the route, Plains released the actual route and my projections were on the money.
What I and others didn't realize at the time was that much of this pipeline was already constructed, and MAWSS land was pretty much all they lacked to complete. We also learned that Plains at the time actually did not have the legal right as an LLC under Alabama law to assert eminent domain, regardless of what the PSC had stated previously to them. By this time however, it was too late for many people as they had been bullied and threatened by the company into either selling or having their property condemned and taken by Plains.
We only learned of the rule governing eminent domain and LLC's after the Mobile Area Water & Sewer System filed a suit to block Plains from condemning their land in the watershed. The judge first ruled in favor of Plains, and then later reversed his decision citing that in fact Plains did not as an LLC have the power to use eminent domain under Alabama Law. This time I, along with several others, had already launched a campaign to educate the public. The Mobile Bay Sierra Club held public forums as well as protests at the lake and in front of Mobile's Government Plaza. We marched through downtown Mobile in the pouring rain in an effort to raise awareness.
The controversy raged through the mayoral election. Sandy Stimpson, who was running against incumbent mayor Sam Jones, circulated a petition stating his opposition to the pipeline, citing threats to Mobile's drinking water. Stimpson was elected Mayor of Mobile in November 2013, but to date, he has yet to issue any stateement objecting to the pipeline.
Shortly after the election, Attorney Jarrod White filed papers needed for Plains to become a Corporation. In Dec. 2013, Plains filed an appeal of the earlier judge’s decision asserting that they were now a Corporation, and as such had the right under Alabama law to assert the Power of Eminent Domain originally granted them by the PSC in 2011.
The judge agreed and the legal wrangling commenced.
In January of this year, the judge ruled in favor of Plains stating that they could indeed condemn the 4000 feet of land inside the Big Creek Lake watershed and place the crude oil pipeline 90 ft. below the surface of the lake. Remember: this is the only approved drinking water source for 250,000 people.
The 90-foot depth of the pipelines leaves little hope of effective monitoring: if/whn it ruptures, the water supply will be completely contaminated before the oil reaches the surface and before anyone realizes there's a problem. Can you say "West Virginia?"
You know how Republicans say they're against "big government" & we should "return power to the states?" Well, the Alabama Legislature neglects to mention that they want power to stop at the state level. Certainly, we can't have those pesky city and county governments regulating... well.... pretty much anything.
The latest manifestation of that is ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) member Rep. Jack Williams' bill - HB360. It prohibits Alabama local governments from requiring employers within their jurisdication to offer any sort of paid sick leave, vacation time, or leave that's not already mandated by the federal government.
It's one of the few 2014 session bills that doesn't have some fancy, misleading title, so let's offer a couple:
The Go to Work Sick Act of 2014
The Spread Disease to Restaurant Patrons Act
The Take Your Child To Day Care Sick Act
The Give Your Boss The Flu Act
How many of us have had co-workers who insisted on coming to work sick bragged about it, like it's some badge of honor to spread germs through the office instead of taking a day of sick leave? Well, a lot of people go to work sick because they have no choice, and that's nothing for anyone to brag about.
And then there are the parents who dose sick children with decongestants, fever-reducing drugs, etc. and drop them at day care or school because the parent can't afford to lose a day's pay - or be fired like this Chicago Whole Foods worker.
Lack of sick leave puts workers and customers at risk. Productivity declines, and the lives of low-wage workers are even more stressful and unstable. Do you stay home with your sick child and risk losing your job - and managing the cascading effects that come with unemployment? Do you go to work sick and sniffle your way food prep in the restaurant kitchen or go to the doctor instead - losing a day's pay and possibly your job if your boss is a jerk. As a customer, do you want to eat in that restaurant?
The bill passed the Alabama House by a vote of 84-9 on Feb. 18. Democrats voting in favor included: Attorney General candidate Joe Hubbard & House Minority Leader Craig Ford.
Yesterday, the bill passed the Senate Committee on Business & Labor by a 4-0 vote. The eight members of that committee consist of 5 Republicans and 3 Democrats. The Democrats can always be outvoted, but what's up with not voting at all?
At times like this, you can't tell the Democrats from the Republicans even with a scorecard! This bill puts one more nail in the "home rule" coffin, and it's a bi-partisan effort. Is it any wonder at all that many Alabama rank & file Democrats are dissatisfied with party leadership?
Two thirds of workers at the bottom 25% of the pay scale -- the country's lowest earners -- do not receive paid time off for illness, according to a Labor Department report this year. Three quarters of part time employees are not paid when they miss work due to illness.
Sadly, I've come to expect most GOP legislators in Alabama to be callous, indifferent, and often just downright mean. But, hello... calling all Democrats..... Aren't these the hardworking people that we're supposed to be out fighting for? Not in the Alabama Legislature, apparently.
Yes, Alabama, we can't have nice things because of this sort of idiocy. Just in case you thought the House floor debate on the Ten Commandments bill was the height of stupidity, Senator Trip Pittman tripped all over himself to lower the bar even more:
However, Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, said the value of the Ten Commandments can be seen in the people who have followed them.
"And how do we know that? Because the people who have followed those commandments have inhabited most of the world," he said. "They have procreated. They have remained healthy. They have respected private property. They haven't borne false witness, which is now rampant on the Internet and caused all kinds of tragedies."
For Pittman, that value is secondary to the bill's constitutionality.
ummmm.... the Big Ten appear in the Jewish Bible, so is he complimenting Jews or noting that, if we'd only behaved better, that whole Inquisition and Holocaust stuff might never have happened? Or has we simply neglected to consider that there are other religions in the world - heck, in the state - besides his version of Christianity?
And isn't it thrilling to have a state senator proudly proclaim that his religious beliefs are more important than the oath he took as a legislator:
"I,.........., solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Alabama, so long as I continue a citizen thereof; and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter, to the best of my ability. So help me God."
Um... Senator Pittman.... looks like "bearing false witness" is "rampant" in the Alabama Legislature too! It might be a good idea to go back and study those Ten Commandments that you claim to hold in such high esteem. That, or remember that your consituents elected you to do the work of the state, not the work of the Church.
Former Congressman and political chameleon Parker Griffith is the featured speaker next Thursday (March 6) at the Downtown Democrats monthly lunch meeting. The club asks that you make your reservation ASAP "because we're expecting a big crowd."
The meeting is at the Harbert Center. Lunch cost is $20. The meeting begins at noon, but get there early if possible so you have time to check in, get your food, and find a seat before the meeting begins.
The Downtown Dems meetings are always a great event; the venue is exceptional, the food tasty, and the company superb.
And this meeting - with Parker Griffith no doubt facing skepticism & some tough questions about his recent political transformation - should be a doozy.
Make your reservation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2010, LIA set up a Facebook page that has become a lively community of over 5,000 people. But my daughter has bugged me for over a year about also creating an LIA presence on Tumblr, the micro-blog platform that's popular with college students & other "young uns."
Just when you thought it was safe to look away from the uterati trainwreck that's the current Alabama Legislative session, Senator Shadrack McGill strides onto the scene with a "personhood" bill (SB414 - PDF). Hold on to your eyes so they don't roll out of your head. He (or someone literate enough to actually author a bill) defines a zygote as a full person from the moment of fertilization.
This bill would define the term "persons" to include all human beings resulting from the union of the male sperm with the female egg either from sexual intercourse or in the case of in vitro fertilization, the fertilized egg or eggs relied on by a physician for implantation in the uterus.
So that means, from the moment of conception, an egg with fewer than a hundred cells has the same legal and civil rights as... well.... your average male in Alabama. Those cells better enjoy their status, because, at birth, if they have two X chromosomes, they'll find themselves subject to the whims of Alabama Legislators who can barely spell "chromosome," much less legislate effectively on medical matters.
Like your current birth control pills? This law may outlaw them.
Find the IUD to be a reliable, non-hormonal method of birth control? Forget it, sister.
Desperately want to have a child, but stymied by fertility problems of either you or your spouse? Hope you want a litter, because all those eggs need a home, hon.
State Senator Shadrack McGill, himself a graduate of "Quack University," has a long and sordid history with "ladyparts legislation." One of his legislative goals from the 2013 session was to proscribe how infertility doctors could conduct their practice:
Among those goals, said state Sen. Shadrack McGill, is strengthening the state's definition of the beginning of life to state that life begins at conception, even if that conception occurs in a laboratory.
"We need to let physicians know: Any eggs that are fertilized need to be placed in a mother's womb," McGill said. "And another thing: People say it's a woman's body and she has a right to kill the life inside of her womb. But she can't ask the abortionist to kill her, too. Our laws protect you from your own self."
In case this bill sound all-so-dreadfully familiar... it is. The same extremist legislation has been defeated in other states, including MISSISSIPPI! Obviously, McGill has forgotten that Alabama's unofficial state motto is "Thank God for Mississippi," and hopes to take our state where even Mississippians feared to tread.
Cmon... be honest: do you trust this man with your uterus?
This whole, dreadful session can't end soon enough, and campers.... we're only about halfway there!