Alabama state legislators cleared a bill which forbids abortion clinics from operating in close proximity of school on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 205 prevents the Department of Public Health from issuing or renewing licenses of abortion clinics located within 2000 feet of K-8 schools for the well-being of school kids— a law that, incidentally, registered sex offenders in the state must also follow.
The proposal now awaits the signature of Gov. Robert Bentley — the ultra orthodox Republican who was recently embroiled in a salacious scandal and who is known for his harsh stance against migrants. It is expected the Alabama governor will give his approval for the bill as he has previously expressed concerns about the location of a Huntsville abortion center which is located in the vicinity of a middle school.
If passed, the new bill will force at least the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives to relocate or close — a move that could make it extremely difficult for women to receive abortions as it is the only clinic that provides such a service in the northern half of the state.
Advocates maintain the motion was passed not to actively eliminate as many abortion providers as possible but to keep rioting pro-life protesters away from vulnerable children.
“We can put a restriction on whether a liquor store opens up across the street and make sure pedophiles stay away from schools,” quoted Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford, a sponsor of the bill, ruthlessly comparing the new law to restrictions placed on sex offenders. “I just think having an abortion clinic that close to elementary-age school children that actually have to walk on the sidewalk past it is not the best thing.”
But other state lawmakers have made no bones about their dislike of abortions.
“Our message is to point out that killing a baby is still killing a baby whether it’s politically correct or not,” said local activist Rev. James Henderson, the executive director of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, which was responsible for getting the bill into the statehouse.
Alabama isn’t the first state to distance abortion providers from schools.
Kansas banned people who worked or volunteered at abortion care facilities to volunteer at schools in 2013. Later in the same year, the legislation banned these employees on providing sexual education in schools.
This year, Oklahoma is fighting to bring anti-abortion education in school instead of sex education.