Statewide Amendment 2 supports the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children
By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
Alabama voters have the opportunity to add pro-life language into the state Constitution with a “Yes” vote to Statewide Amendment 2 on Nov. 6.
Approval of Statewide Amendment 2 would make it state policy to “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.” It also states “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.”
While the amendment itself would not limit abortion due to Roe v. Wade, the amendment could lay the groundwork for helping the state curtail abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. It would grant states more leeway to enact pro-life legislation.
It’s an amendment considered “groundbreaking” by Emily Montague, who has spearheaded a March for Life through downtown Mobile in recent years.
This is the first time Alabama voters will decide a ballot measure about abortion.
“Amendment 2 allows the state of Alabama to recognize the personhood of a child in the womb,” Montague said. “By passing this groundbreaking Amendment, we set the stage for Alabama to abolish abortion statewide once Roe v. Wade is overturned. We need to get out to the polls and vote ‘Yes’ en masse on Amendment 2!”
John Klein, a parishioner at Holy Spirit Parish in Montgomery and a member of the Holy Spirit Respect Life Committee and Alabama Citizens for Life, echoed the importance of voting “Yes” on Nov. 6.
“So few people know that Amendment 2 is on the ballot, it’s so important that each one of us get the word out and let people know,” Klein said.
There is considerable financial opposition to Amendment 2. According to ballotpedia.org, Planned Parenthood organizations have donated more than $800,000 to committees opposed to Amendment 2.
Amendment 2 is on the ballot this year after both state legislature chambers approved the measure in 2017.
The Alabama State Senate voted 25-7 in favor, with three members not voting. The Alabama House of Representatives voted 73-24 in favor, with eight members not voting.
“It is breathtaking how much money abortion groups have brought in from outside the state to defeat this Amendment,” Klein said. “It just shows how important it is.”
He added: “It is exciting and encouraging that many of our elected officials have come out in support of this Amendment and now it’s our turn to make sure we go to the polls Nov. 6 and say ‘Yes,’ we support you in amending our constitution in support of the unborn.”
Amendment 2 is one of four amendments on the ballot this year.
The other amendments on the ballot involve allowing the posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings; allowing changes to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees; and allowing certain vacancies to be filled by appointment rather than special elections.
Statewide Amendment 2 Ballot Title
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”