Abortion Trial Draws Debate, Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

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By Sarah Cantey

 Alabama's abortion law takes center stage in federal court. It requires abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, which some say would force many of Alabama's abortion clinics to close.

 
Hundreds filled Pike County Cattlemen Park for a Republican Rally with the slogan "Protect Pike County Values." And with Alabama's abortion law front and center in federal court, cue the debate between pro-life and pro-choice. 
 
Supporters of Alabama's the law signed by the governor in 2013, say requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals makes abortions safer. Opponents say it's restricting women's rights. 
 
 
Luther Strange, (R) Alabama said, "I am strongly pro-life, pro second amendment, very strong rule of law. A lot of things we are seeing eroded under the current administration in Washington. As attorney general I took an oath to uphold the constitution. All these constitution principles are at stake."
 
Susan Watson, ACLU Executive Director said, "Women need to be able to self determine their own lives and their own bodies. Women and their physicians and their families can make these decisions. Politicians don't need to be involved."
 
Gov. Robert Bentley, (R) Alabama said, "I am a very strong pro life governor I always have been. I do believe that a life begins at conception and physiological, viable implantation and I just believe that we should protect life. And if we don't do it no one else can. The taking of a young baby is taking a life. I have sympathy certainly for certain situations. I want to say this obviously there situations where the mother's health is in danger, and rape and incest and things like this. But, basically we always need to protect the unborn."
 
In the abortion trial, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has scheduled witnesses to testify through June 5th.


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