CBS News reported on a federal judge blocking Alabama’s pro-life law on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
The law, the “Human Life Protection Act,” was originally set to go into effect on November 15.
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the law on Tuesday morning, slamming the brakes on this law’s implementation as the continues.
Alabama’s attorney general, Steve Marshall, said that decision “was not unexpected.” He pointed out that the purpose of the law was to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America.
“As we have stated before, the State’s objective is to advance our case to the U.S. Supreme Court where we intend to submit evidence that supports our argument that Roe and Casey were wrongly decided and that the Constitution does not prohibit states from protecting unborn children from abortion,” Marshall declared in a statement to CBS News Tuesday afternoon.
Planned Parenthood praised the judge for the ruling. “This is not only a victory for the people of Alabama — it’s a victory for the entire nation,” Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, asserted in a statement emailed to CBS News. “We said it from the start: this ban is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight it every step of the way.”
Myron H. Thompson, a federal judge for the Middle District of Alabama, North Division, wrote a 17-page opinion stating that the law’s enforcement would cause “serious and irreparable harm.”
“A near-total ban imposes substantial costs on women, including those who are unable to obtain an abortion and those who ‘desperately seek to exercise their ability to decide whether to have a child’ and thus ‘would take unsafe measures to end their pregnancies,'” Thompson wrote, citing another lawsuit that took place in Alabama in 2014, Planned Parenthood Southeast v. Strange.
This law was passed in May and would prohibit abortions taking place in Alabama except when “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk” to the woman, based on the bill’s language. There is no exception for instances of rape or incest. It criminalizes this practice and reclassifies abortion as a Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 99 years in prison for abortion doctors.
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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?
Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.
“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,” the politician stated
Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.
“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.
The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.
It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.
Salvini has every reason to be concerned.
If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.
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