Last night’s passage of HB314, a bill that would effectively criminalize abortion, by the Alabama Senate has drawn a lot of national attention to the state.
If Gov. Kay Ivey should sign it into law, it could set up a challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
However, State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) is skeptical of the chances the law could make it to the high court and warns Alabama taxpayers will foot the bill if the law is not overturned.
“At the end of the day, again, I voted for the bill,” Ward said. “I will say this though, Matt: My honest, brutal opinion is I’ll be shocked if the Supreme Court hears our bill because there are several other states doing the same thing. My real heartburn is this: You know, in federal courts, it’s a loser-pay system. Every time we lose a case, we pay them. Last year, we wrote a nice check to the ACLU. So, I’m pro-life, want to get this fixed. So if it’s going to be us overturning Roe v. Wade, hey that’s great. But if we’re going to be spending a lot of money on a case that never gets heard, I just think we have to think better about that.”