Alabama Governor Will Sign TRAP Law Because God Wants Him To


Clinics providing safe abortion care in Alabama may be in danger of closing if the latest TRAP bill goes into effect, forcing them to undertake extensive construction and requiring all doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges. Bill sponsor Mary Sue McClurkin was adamant that the bill was about women’s safety, not about closing clinics, and that if the law passed it wouldn’t do a thing to stop abortions, saying “I wish, but it won’t.”

Someone must have forgotten to pass that message on to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Speaking at an anti-choice rally, he told the attendees he couldn’t wait to sign the bill into law. “We need to remember we are dealing with human life and this is what God expects us to do,” Governor Bentley declared, according to the Associated Press. “I can assure you, if it comes to me, I will sign it.”

If only God could nudge Alabama’s anti-choice politicians into putting a little more effort into laws that actually benefit some of the “human life” that are living, breathing residents of the state. But I guess S/He doesn’t expect much in that arena.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196615367 Tanya Nguyễn

    I am guessing most TRAP laws will be read as unconstitutional, eventually. but it will take a while, cost a lot, and force quite a few women to either have unwanted babies which will go into the system or be a burden on the system – or we’ll see a rise in illegal abortions in AL.

    Luckily, the pill is not altogeather hard to come by, it’s just that like anything illegal, you run the risk of “are you getting what you think you are getting” when you buy it online, and do you really understand how it’s used, when it can be used, etc.

    women will die.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristin.j.ott Kristin Jones Ott

    AWESOME! Thank you Governor Bentley!!

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      Nothing to thank him for. A politician should not follow the supposed dictates of his imaginary sky fairy. Perhaps he’s forgotten that we don’t live in a theocracy?

    • HeilMary1

      YOU and he should be arrested for obstructing women’s right to affordable reproductive health care.

    • http://www.facebook.com/al.murphy.902 Eden Murphy

      He’s just another flaming lunatic using the “God” created in his own image as a tool.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1338430997 Cindy Merrick Frye

      Kristin Jones Ott:
      I have no problem with YOU believing what YOU believe and living the way YOU want to live. However, I DO have a huge, gigantic problem with the religious right deciding how I should live and taking away the rights of millions of women all over this country.
      What gives Gov. Bentley the right to make that decision for women who don’t have the same beliefs as he does?

      • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.herrera.98 Bethany Herrera

        Or the same political power to impose their own beliefs on him?

    • Dezzydez

      Keep your imaginary friend to yourself!! I am sick and tired of people like you and the governor trying to shove your mythology into my vagina.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1338430997 Cindy Merrick Frye

    Sick and tired of the arrogant, judgemental religious right deciding that EVERYONE should live the way THEY do because “God” says so.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=574401415 Denis Freeland

    And “god” told GWB that Saddam had WMD. God is incompetent.

  • sens

    bu bir denemedir

  • http://profiles.google.com/seorsa10 George McHugh

    If only their imaginary friend would tell them to abandon their false beliefs and focus on caring for one another….

  • Guest

    When their Personal God starts dictating LAW we all lose our Constitutional civil rights equal and all of Citizens. God should not be legislating unless he/it/she can testify in a court of law and not HERESAY about what some human interpreted as GOD’s will. GOD gave all humans the WILL and right inalienably to their OWN PERSONAL moral choices in this lives and the Constitution gave us all the “support and protection” of those individual equal rights.This is NOT about abortion it is about WOMEN”S rights equal to all other citizens to the guaranteed by GOD and BY LAW choices in their individual lives as CITIZENS in a Republic of LAW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thumper.rose Rose Gaskin

    When their Personal God starts dictating LAW we all lose our Constitutional civil rights equal and all of Citizens. God should not be legislating unless he/it/she can testify in a court of law and not HERESAY about what some human interpreted as GOD’s will. GOD gave all humans the WILL and right inalienably to their OWN PERSONAL moral choices in this lives. The Constitution LAW gave us all the “support and protection” of those individual equal rights.This is NOT about abortion it is about WOMEN”S rights equal to all other citizens to the guaranteed by GOD and BY LAW choices in their individual lives as CITIZENS in a Republic of LAW. we do not have to care what anyone else believes about what we do and we do not have to take into account those beliefs in our laws and THAT is Constitutional .

  • http://www.facebook.com/thumper.rose Rose Gaskin

    Unless we all have equal liberty, freedom, justice then NONE will have it in government. Then this Republic becomes a Oligarchy of Tyranny by what ever name the form takes they all enslave the people just the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thumper.rose Rose Gaskin

    so these people are alright with the government or a guy in it coming into their lives and judging them according to their personal interpretation of morality and using their personal gods name to criminalize action or choice that they personally interpret as immoral when do we start the witch burning in this country again. No individual has private citizens rights under that kind of government that sets aside the Constitution when they determine they personally dont like something. we are seeing here the destruction of the U>S. Republic and every citizens rights all across this country by the ALEC Republican party using Gods name as moral authority to do it to the people. Every patriot that ever fought or is fighting today for this Republic is hanging their head in shame at The citizens allowing this destruction and some ignorantly supporting it in fear of some GOD . walk into the boxcars to the ovens of your doom byt I and mine we will fight till the last breath the destruction of this once great government and civil rights for all citizens in this country. WE the people almost had it all but now we have to fight for the basics from the powers we allowed to take control and “”THOSE POWERS”” are not even citizens of this country of the United States. dang useful idiots. like Gov. Bentley and the ALEC Republican party sworn to the destruction of this Republic. .

  • http://www.facebook.com/thumper.rose Rose Gaskin

    citizens are being attacked in their CONSTITUTIONAL rights ,private/individual persons and property by fascist ALEC industry representative Republican party in our government.local, state and federal and we the people better wake up and smell that cow manure before we are drowned in it. come on it wont be too hard we are already in it up to our necks. We better start fighting for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness governed under a Republic of law of, for and by the people as intended.

  • diane fadgen

    Pro-Lifers care so much about a fetus in the womb until it is born, after that they never think twice. They’re just another statistic in the system that they don’t want to pay for.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/thothsellshomes Thoth Calvert

    If the Federal Government would just please do US all a favor and expedite Martial Law … So that these country bumpkin preacher-governors would no longer have any authority … I’m so ready.