Wednesday, the Kay Ivey for Governor re-election campaign announced that the National Right to Life has endorsed incumbent Gov. Ivey (R) for re-election.

National Right to Life is the oldest and largest federation of state right-to-life affiliates and local chapters in the country.

“You are a strong advocate for life,” National Right to Life stated in its endorsement letter. “You signed several bills to protect unborn children and their mothers, including the Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act, which helped to educate the public about the brutality of abortion and would protect unborn children from dismemberment abortions.  

“You signed Gianna’s Law, which protects abortion survivors by requiring doctors to administer the same level of medical care to a child born alive after an abortion attempt as they would any other child of the same gestational age. You oppose using the hard-earned dollars of Alabama taxpayers to fund abortions or to fund the operations of abortion providers. You called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the holding of Roe v. Wade that allows abortion on demand for any reason and give greater latitude to state legislatures to enact laws on abortion that reflect the values of the people they represent.” 

The organization also said that Alabama voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of vulnerable members of the human family should vote to re-elect Ivey as governor so that she can continue to advance vital pro-life public policies.

Ivey thanked National Right to Life for their endorsement and for their tireless work to defend the unborn.

“National Right to Life dedicates itself each and every day to protecting and defending our nation’s most precious asset – our next generation,” Ivey said. “I am humbled to accept their endorsement. Our children are a gift from God, and I will never stop defending them. It’s easy to talk about protecting life, but it’s a different thing to act on it, and that’s what our state did when I signed the strongest pro-life bill in the entire nation, which struck at the core of Roe v. Wade itself. This bill is particularly important now in light of recent events in the United States Supreme Court. I pray that Roe v. Wade may be heading to the ash bins of history. I am hopeful that is the case.    

“In Alabama, we’ve set a national standard for what it truly means to protect unborn children. To no one’s surprise, Hollywood, the mainstream media and the radical left had a come apart when I signed this bill. Who knew protecting innocent, unborn babies could be so controversial? Well, despite their best attempts to intimidate us into backing down, we didn’t flinch. I stand by Alabama’s pro-life values, and as long as I’m the Governor of this state, I always will. Our children are a gift from God, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they are protected at all costs."

In 2019, Ivey signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which made abortion and attempted abortion a felony offense. That legislation and other pro-life laws have been effectively blocked by federal judges citing the controversial Roe v. Wade split decision from 1973, which nullified existing state laws, including Alabama’s, that protected the rights of the unborn.

According to recently released documents, believed to be leaks of a pending majority decision, the Court appears to be within weeks of acknowledging that the earlier Court made a grievous error in how it interpreted the Constitution and that there is no Constitutional basis for the Roe decision.

This potential ruling puts new focus on governors. States, like Alabama, with state laws already on the books or pending review by federal appeals courts, could swiftly move to shutter all abortion clinics within their domains. The whole abortion industry could be outlawed in the southeast before the end of this year if southern governors and attorneys general act rapidly. Abortionists could be forced to exit the state of Alabama or find a new line of work.

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) has said that the House Republican Majority stands ready to go into a special session if called upon by Ivey.

Ivey faces eight Republican primary opponents.

Lindy Blanchard, Lew Burdette, Stacy George, Ivey, Tim James, Donald Trent Jones, Dean Odle, Dave Thomas, and Dean Young are all running for the Republican nomination for governor.

Yolanda Rochelle Flowers, Patricia Salter Jamieson, Arthur Kennedy, Chad “Chig” Martin, Malika Sanders Fortier and Doug “New Blue” Smith are all running for the Democratic nomination in the Democratic primary.

Both primaries are on May 24.

The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election on Nov. 8.

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