Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) spoke out against his state’s passage Tuesday of the country’s most restrictive abortion bill, calling it “unconstitutional and shameful.”
“I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful,” Jones said on Twitter, referencing the 25-6 majority that passed the bill in the state senate Tuesday. “The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory - not the side of extremists. Women deserve better.”
I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory - not the side of extremists. Women deserve better. https://t.co/ky3oSeEDXC— Doug Jones (@DougJones) May 15, 2019
The legislation would ban abortions in almost all instances, including in cases of rape and incest, making an exception only where the life of the mother is in danger. Anyone performing an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison. Many of the legislation’s proponents have said they hope to set up a Supreme Court fight in which the high court’s conservative majority revisits the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Jones, who won a special election in 2017 to complete then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE’ term, is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent Senate Democrats in 2020.
Several of Jones’ Senate colleagues have spoken out against the measure, particularly presidential candidates, with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (D-Calif.), invoking Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Hochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees MORE (D-N.Y.) calling it part of a “war on women.”
Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has not yet indicated whether she will sign the bill.