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1 year ago

Clean Sweep For Four Pro-Life Bills in the House (opinion)

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Life is important to the members of the Alabama Legislature, no matter what stage or what age that life may be. This was demonstrated Thursday as small ‘Precious Feet’ pins adorned the clothing of many Alabama House of Representatives.

Throughout Thursday in Montgomery on what was deemed ‘Pro-Life Day,’ there was a large focus on discussing and passing pro-life legislation.

The Alabama House of Representatives spent the entire morning in a filibuster attempting to pass a special order calendar containing pro-life bills and they were successful.

All four bills will need to be approved by the Senate; including the ‘Assisted Suicide Ban Act’- HB96 sponsored by State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) and SB198 sponsored by State Senator Phil Williams (R-Huntsville); the ‘Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act’- HB24 sponsored by State Representative Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa) and SB145 sponsored by State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile); the ‘Health Care Rights of Conscience Act,’ HB95 sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Birmingham) and SB185 sponsored by State Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville); and the ‘Right to Life Constitutional Amendment’ HB98 sponsored by State Representative Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo).

For Pro Life Day at the State House of the Pro Life legislators wore “Precious Feet” which are the exact size and shape of a baby at 10 weeks.

Three of these pro-life bills had been promoted for years, but did not pass until Thursday- making it a clean sweep for the pro-life movement in Alabama.

“Every bill on the day’s work agenda was designed to either protect the unborn, preserve the sanctity of human life, or encourage adoption,” said State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Birmingham). “As promised in our ‘Alabama Proud’ legislative agenda that was released prior to the regular session, we are standing by what we believe is most important here in our state.”

Declaring Alabama a “pro-life state” sends a clear message that the state will be prepared to take action if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. These bills also will protect doctors, nurses and other medical personnel from being forced to perform abortion procedures that violate their moral beliefs has been a priority for Republicans since the legislative session began in February.

“It was an honor to be part of the ‘Pro-Life Day’ in the Alabama House of Representatives,” said State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City). “Our state is overwhelmingly pro-life and that proof is very evident with the number of representatives willing to stand in the gap to protect it. My goal is to promote life, protect life, and celebrate life for both the born and unborn.”

Pro-life supporters did not hold a rally outside in the frigid temperatures Thursday as in years past. Instead, they built a presence inside the statehouse, in the gallery and in the overflow rooms. They called upon their House members as they watched the debates in order to show respect for the legislators willing to support pro-life legislation.

“Today has been a special opportunity for the pro-life community in Alabama,” said State Representative Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa).  “There is nothing more important than life- and today was a great day in Montgomery as we celebrated it and protected it. I want to thank Speaker Mac McCutcheon for his support of this legislation as we raise the bar in Montgomery.”

Alabamians who proudly support conservative beliefs, traditional values and standing up for the voiceless joined the social media campaign for life by utilizing the hashtag #prolifeAL.

“I was excited to carry House Bill 98 today, which provides that the Alabama constitution cannot be defined to confer a right to an abortion or public funding for an abortion,” said State Representative Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo). “The overwhelming vote in favor of the bill demonstrates there is strong support for protecting the life of the unborn in the State of Alabama.”

The Alabama Republican Party passed a resolution at its 2017 Winter Meeting asking the legislature to pass strong pro-life legislation, and Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan also issued a statement regarding Thursday’s “Pro-Life Day” in the Alabama House of Representatives.

“Today was an important day in the Alabama House of Representatives as each bill on the agenda was dedicated to protecting the unborn and preserving the sanctity of life,” said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan. “As chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, I applaud our House members for standing up for the most helpless, defenseless and innocent among us – the unborn. I ask you to join me today in showing your members support by thanking them for their dedication to pro-life issues. I look forward to the Senate’s support of these bills in the future.”

The Americans United for Life 2017 Life List released in January ranked the 50 states based on how well each protects life in law. Sadly, Alabama did not even make the list’s Top 10. For the second year in a row, Oklahoma earned the top ranking, followed by Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Arizona.

In recent years, strong pro-life laws have passed in South Dakota, Michigan, Virginia and North Dakota. It is clear, legislation on the state level is gaining traction.

“We, as conservatives, run on pro-life issues,” said State Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise). “We are simply doing what we stand for today by passing this legislation in the House. The will of the people is to protect the unborn and we fought the fight.”

“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.

This legislation was a resilient stand for the voiceless. Be proud Alabama.

21 mins ago

Roy Moore backs Troy King in AG race

In a post that first appeared on the “In God We Trust Movement” Facebook page and later on a Facebook page affiliated with former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, Moore backed former Alabama Attorney General Troy King in his bid to reassume the state attorney general post.

Moore, who was defeated last December by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) in a special election last year to fill a void left behind by Jeff Sessions, touted King’s credentials in the post.

“I fully support Troy King for the office of Attorney General,” it read. “He has the leadership, experience, and dedication to do an outstanding job. He is a Lifelong Republican who will stand for conservative values.”

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“Troy King has a proven record fighting against corruption,” Moore also said on the flier. “I have seen first hand the miss-use [sic] of power by the political establishment, and I know how badly we need an Attorney General committed to cleaning up Montgomery. I believe Troy King is the man for the job.”

The Facebook post touted that 50,000 of those mailers were sent to Moore supporters.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

1 hour ago

Del Marsh: Judge Kavanaugh’s record is clear — He deserves to be confirmed

When the name Brett Kavanaugh was first mentioned to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, like many of you, I did not know who he was or much about him. I began looking into him for more information as to what kind of Supreme Court justice he would be, should he be confirmed by the United States Senate. What I found was a fair, mainstream judge who believes in the United States Constitution, who has dedicated his life to public service and a judge who shares our conservative Alabama values.

His academic record is just what you would want to see from someone who sits on the highest court. He graduated from Yale for both his undergraduate studies and for law school. He has been a clerk for judges on the Third and the Ninth Circuit courts, as well as a clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. Since 2009, he has been a lecturer at Harvard’s law school.

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Judge Kavanaugh has published over 300 opinions in his career and his decisions show a judge who will apply the law as written and enforce the text, structure, and original understanding of the Constitution. His opinions have been cited as law by over 200 judges from across the country. He is no stranger to the current make-up of the Supreme Court as many of those who
have clerked for him have gone onto work in the Supreme Court, and dozens of his opinions have been endorsed by the current members of the Court.

As impressive as his professional career has been, his personal character seems to be impeccable. He serves as a coach for youth basketball, is a leader in his church, serves meals to needy families, and is a tutor for children at local elementary schools in the Washington D.C. area.

All of this has led me to believe that Judge Kavanaugh is the most qualified person in the country to serve on the Supreme Court. In his current role in the D.C. Circuit Court, he was confirmed with bipartisan support – and nothing will have changed from that confirmation until now.

Unfortunately, this vote will be a very close vote and many experts believe that the confirmation could come down to the decision of Alabama’s Senator Doug Jones. If Senator Jones wants to represent the people of Alabama, he will take a look at Judge Kavanaugh’s record, as I have, and vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court. Alabama should not have a Senator that shares the same values as far-Left extremists such as Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren. Since he has been in the Senate, Senator Jones has a history of deferring his opinion on important issues until they have been decided by others (confirming the Secretary of State and the CIA Director are the first issues that come to mind). He has vowed to have an “independent review” of Judge Kavanaugh’s record. If he is serious about his slogan of Country over Party, I believe that the record speaks for itself and he will have no choice but to vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

Senator Shelby has already said that Judge Kavanaugh has “impressive credentials” and that “This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year.” I completely agree and I hope that the Senate will do the right thing and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

We need a justice in the Supreme Court who will uphold and apply the laws of the Constitution, not an activist judge who will re-write our laws to gain political points from those who have an extreme agenda. It is clear that Judge Kavanaugh is the kind of high character public servant we need.

Del Marsh is president pro tempore of the Alabama Senate, representing the 12th District.

2 hours ago

Illegal alien beheads 13-year-old Huntsville girl

Law enforcement officials in Alabama say an illegal alien and an immigrant in America on a green card are responsible for murdering a 13-year-old girl with special needs and her grandmother, who had connections to Mexican drug cartels, says a report by AL.com.

The brutal beheading of 13-year-old Mariah Lopez took place after she witnessed her grandmother, Oralia Mendoza, get attacked with a knife in a cemetery, according to court testimony.

Mendoza, the 49-year-old grandmother, was alleged to have had connections with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, a popular and deadly drug-trafficking organization.

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Mendoza, along with Israel Palomino and Yoni Aguilar, had traveled to Georgia on June 2 to pick up methamphetamine, according to Investigator Stacy Rutherford. During the trip, one of the men became suspicious that Mendoza’s involvement was a setup.

Authorities say that Mendoza and Aguilar lived together and had dated one another in the past.

Palomino and Aguilar reportedly woke up Mendoza one night and told her that they were taking her and her granddaughter somewhere safe.

On June 4, Mendoza and Lopez were reportedly driven to Moon Cemetery located on Cave Springs Road. According to Aguilar, Mendoza and Palomino got out of the car and argued about the entire situation.

According to Aguilar, that is when the situation escalated and Palomino stabbed Mendoza. Due to Mendoza’s granddaughter being at the scene during the crime, Aguilar and Palomino took the 13-year-old girl to a separate location nearby and beheaded her.

Aguilar revealed to investigators that he was holding a knife when Palomino walked up to him and moved his arm back and forth in a sawing motion. Lopez was later beheaded.

Days later, both Aguilar and Palomino were placed in custody.

Two knives were recovered and cell phone signals from both of the men’s cellphones were pinged at the locations of each occurrence.

Palomino, 34, and Aguilar, 26, are both charged with two counts each of capital murder in the slayings of Mariah Lopez and her grandmother, Oralia Mendoza.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

2 hours ago

Roy Moore is not done embarrassing Alabama yet

Whether you view former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore as the “Ten Commandments’ Judge”, the “guy banned from the Gadsden Mall”, or the “guy who lost to Doug Jones”, you probably don’t think very highly of him. He has brought loads of scorn upon the state of Alabama — some feel this is not his fault.

Whatever you think of Judge Moore, you probably think he should go away. Unfortunately, it appears that he is not interested in doing that. “Borat” creator Sacha Baron Cohen has a new TV series and Moore was apparently a target of one of his pranks.

Moore is rightly embarrassed, but is pretending he is going to sue Cohen if he airs the tape Moore is concerned about:

“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another.”

Why this matters:

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Moore is an attorney and was the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He knows as well as anyone that if he said something on a tape during an interview it can be used. He will not win a single lawsuit he is involved in, but he will bilk his supporters for more money. He may sue, but you can sue on anything. He cannot win a lawsuit with a comedian who is producing a satire piece.

Moore is a public figure, a target for liberals, and he needs to fade into obscurity. Moore also needs to realize that his insistence on standing on the public stage only hurts the causes he holds dear. If he truly cares about Alabama, and not only about himself, he will stop answering media inquiries.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

3 hours ago

University of Alabama System chooses new interim chancellor Finis E. St. John

The University of Alabama System has chosen an interim chancellor to replace the retiring of current chancellor Jay Hayes at the end of the month.

Finis E. “Fess” St. John, IV, who currently serves on the UA system’s Board of Trustees, will succeed Hayes on August 1.

St. John will take an unpaid leave of absence from St. John & St. John law firm in Cullman and will serve as interim chancellor without compensation.

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“The fact that Fess St. John is willing to serve as our Interim Chancellor without compensation is a tremendous public service,” Board Trustee Joe Epsy said in a statement.

“We are extremely grateful that he is willing to step in and take on these complex administrative duties at a crucial time for our campuses and the UAB Health System,” Epsy continued, in part.

St. John graduated cum laude from Alabama in 1978, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Jasons. He went on to receive a law degree from the University of Virginia.