Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl late on Friday issued a statement on the Supreme Court of the United States landmark decision overturning the controversial Roe v. Wade decision.
"Today, the fundamental human right to life won,” Wahl said in a statement. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision correctly returns the issue of abortion back to the states where it belongs. Each state will now be able to determine how it will proceed on this matter.
"The Alabama Republican Party believes that every life is precious and should be protected and celebrated. I cannot communicate how excited I am about the possibility of correcting the tragedy of Roe v. Wade and restoring the sanctity of life. It gives me hope in the ideals of individual liberty and protecting the rights of every person from the moment of conception to the grave.”
Wahl said the GOP will continue to work with state leaders to help new mothers and children in the state.
“We will also fight to cut bureaucratic red tape to make adoptions easier and more cost-effective for families," said Wahl. "We must help and protect both the born and the unborn, take care of those in need, and provide viable alternatives for those facing difficult situations. We care about and love both the mothers and the babies of our state."
Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL02) applauded the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
“The Dobbs decision affirming no Constitutional right to abortion and leaving the matter to each state is the single greatest step to protecting life in generations and will save countless lives of unborn children," said Moore. "Since Roe almost five decades ago, 67 million lives have been terminated through abortion. Today is a huge victory for the pro-life movement and the Constitution.”
Moore cautioned that while “Today is a day to celebrate” until Americans address the problems within the American psyche too many of our children will not “value life.”
“The timing of this decision, as we debate how to address gun violence in this nation, is poignant,” Moore said. “Our nation has a heart problem, and the cure is not a piece of legislation or court decision but to teach our children to value life. While today is a day to celebrate life, we must remember that government is merely a human institution to protect rights given by God, and no healthy nation can look to government as its savior or the solution to all societal problems. Please continue praying for our nation and for all our fellow Americans, regardless of where they stand on this issue.”
Following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe, the state petitioned Federal Judge Myron Thompson to lift his preliminary injunction on the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which he agreed to do in the wake of the High Court’s earlier ruling.
“As I said, this is a historic day, and I could not be more proud as a governor, a Christian and a woman to see this misguided and detrimental decision overturned,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said in an updated statement following Judge Thompson’s ruling. “This afternoon, the federal court did for the state of Alabama what the U.S. Supreme Court did for the entire nation: It returned the decision-making authority to the proper body. I am pleased to see the process move forward so that we can now enforce the Alabama Human Life Protection Act here in our state, which honors both the Constitution and the rule of law. Alabama will continue standing up for our unborn babies, our mothers and our families.”
“Alabama’s law making elective abortions a felony is now enforceable,” declared Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R). “Anyone who takes an unborn life in violation of the law will be prosecuted, with penalties ranging from 10 to 99 years for abortion providers.”
See other reactions from Alabama state leaders here.
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