A 2019 Alabama law banning abortion, which is currently on the books but under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge, has a high-ranking ally in Montgomery.

Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth said it was his preference to see the Human Life Protection Act, which outright bans abortion with nearly no exceptions, implemented as is, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and leave abortion regulation up to the state governments.

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Ainsworth reminded listeners he was part of the process when the law was passed during the 2019 legislative session and would not like to see other exceptions added to the law.

"I think abortion is wrong," Ainsworth said. "I think it's murder. I think, obviously, it's a baby. Technology proves that now. We've had three kids. You go and see the sonogram. You see a heartbeat. You see their toes. So, as far as Alabama having the strongest abortion law, it doesn't surprise me at all. I mean, I'm not familiar with what all the other states have done.

"I helped gavel [the 2019 bill] through. I think I had every liberal in the state wanting to burn me to the ground. But it's the right bill. I think it's the right thing to do. My goal would be to eliminate abortions from Alabama. And so, hopefully, Roe v. Wade gets overturned, and that's something that never happens again in our state.

"My preference on the law would be to just ban [abortion] outright, period. I'm fine with the law we've passed … I understand people's opinion, but I think at the end of the day that you've got to get down to is it a life or is it not? In my opinion, yes, it is."

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