According to singer and actress Bette Midler, pregnant women could end up on “death row” by merely traveling through Alabama due to the state’s abortion law.
The left-wing actress/activist went on an insane rant Monday that she shared with her 1.64 million Twitter followers, urging expectant mothers to avoid Alabama “LIKE THE PLAGUE!”
“FEMALES!! Whatever you do #AvoidAlabama LIKE THE PLAGUE!” Bette Midler warned. “It’s 2019, but it’s the 1500s in Ala. You may be pregnant, which you might not know, something may happen, and you could end up on death row just for passing thru this moth-eaten state!”
FEMALES!! Whatever you do #AvoidAlabama LIKE THE PLAGUE! It’s 2019, but it’s the 1500s in Ala. You may be pregnant, which you might not know, something
may happen, and you could end up on death row just for passing thru this moth-eaten state!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 1, 2019
Alabama’s Strict Abortion Laws
Earlier this year, Alabama’s Senate passed in a 25-6 vote what many have described as one of the strictest abortion laws in the U.S.. It basically acknowledges personhood to a child in the womb and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey in May.
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The new law features strict penalties for doctors who perform abortions, making it a felony in virtually all cases, unless there is a “a serious health risk” to the mother. There is no exception for cases or rape or incest.
The bill’s co-sponsor Rep. Terri Collins, explains why, “The reasoning is the same reasoning, Roe v. Wade was decided that the baby in the womb was not a person. So this bill bases its reasoning that the baby in the womb is a person. And we based it on the fact that in Alabama law, we currently consider the baby in the womb a person.”
“The biggest thing to attack it with is to say, ‘What, you’re not going to include rape and incest?’” Collins continued. “Well, how do we say, ‘The baby inside is a person unless they’re conceived in rape or incest?'”
But beyond the details of the law, how absurd is it that Bette Midler or anyone else would suggest that merely being pregnant in Alabama would be a crime?