Alabama’s interim Senator Doug Jones has been officially condemned by the Alabama State Senate because of his support for late-term abortion. The resolution condemning him comes in response to Jones voting against the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would have prohibited abortion after the 20th week of a pregnancy.
Republican State Sen. Bill Hightower,who sponsored the measure, explained the reasoning in a public statement:
“Senator Jones owes the people of Alabama an explanation for turning his back on a campaign promise he made just a few short months ago,” Hightower’s statement read. “More importantly, Senator Jones needs to explain why he would turn his back on the basic humanity of an individual’s right to life. At 20 weeks in the womb, it is not about a choice, it is about an innocent little baby’s right to live.”
Hightower went on to explain that the science is clear, “at 20 weeks of pregnancy, a child has a heartbeat, a child feels pain.”
During his campaign for U.S. Senate, Jones had stated he was mostly opposed to late term abortion, stating “the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That’s what I support.”
His vote in opposition to a ban on late term abortion in the U.S. Senate clearly shows he has fallen back on his word. That was one of the main points made in the condemnation resolution.
Doug Jones was elected as the interim Senator for Alabama to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Sessions when he joined the Trump Administration as Attorney General. Jones was considered a long-shot candidate prior to the Republican candidate, Judge Roy Moore being smacked with accusations of child sexual assault. Jones had virtually zero chance at winning before the accusations were dropped on Moore.
Judge Moore has strongly denied those claims made against him, and has recently filed a lawsuit against his accusers in order to clear his name.
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