MONTGOMERY -- Friday, the Alabama Republican Party held its summer dinner with the usual pomp and circumstance one might expect.
Coming off of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that determined elective abortion on demand was a constitutional right, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch spoke about the case at the gathering.
Fitch led the state of Mississippi's defense in the suit. However, she thanked several high-profile Alabama officials for their help on the case, including Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall.
"Steve Marshall was with me every step of the way," Fitch said. "When this happened, we were all together – all the Republican AGs rallied together. But Steve Marshall joined with 23 other attorneys general and filed an amicus brief in support of our case. That speaks volumes when you have that many conservative leaders together supporting this effort.
"Governor Kay Ivey signed an amicus brief with 11 other Republican governors. When we first started, we knew we had to frame this. Helping would set the stage in the media, how we would do the narrative, what we would do to message to the justices and the clerks. Governor Ivey wrote a very powerful op-ed about our theme in empowering women and promoting life. I'm very, very grateful."
The Mississippi AG also credited others in Alabama politics for signing on with the effort, calling it "God at work."
"I want to talk about how Alabama stepped up in the role of the amicus brief," Fitch said. "Because I am telling you – these are friends of the court briefs. And they are so key when these justices look at the amicus brief. Your legislators, there are too many to name – but I will. Your Representative Terri Collins signed the Susan B. Collins amicus brief with 79 other women legislators. You had a number of House members and Senators who signed up. They signed an amicus brief with 396 other state legislators."
Fitch also credited the Republican members of Alabama's congressional delegation for joining the cause.
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