Target: Robert J. Bentley, Governor of Alabama
Goal: Prevent two vital abortion clinics from closing due to arbitrary rules.
Two of the largest abortion clinics in Alabama may have to close because of a bill the state legislature recently passed. The bill prohibits an abortion clinic from being located within 2,000 feet of an elementary or middle school. Two of Alabama’s three largest abortion clinics are located near schools.
Proponents of this bill claim that children must be spared the horror of seeing what happens outside of an abortion clinic. The reality, however, is that the outside of an abortion clinic would be completely mundane were it not for anti-abortion protestors. Women’s reproductive health would go completely unnoticed were it not for protestors who verbally harass women for exercising their right to make decisions about their health, and politicians who pass laws forbidding them from making those decisions.
If these clinics are forced to close, Alabama women’s access to abortion will be severely limited. When women do not have access to safe abortion, they often try to self-abort and end up harming themselves, or they fall into poverty because they cannot afford a pregnancy or a child. Lawmakers must stop trying to rob women of their right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Sign the petition below to tell the governor of Alabama to veto this bill.
Dear Governor Bentley,
As you know, the Alabama Legislature recently passed a bill that would prohibit abortion clinics from being located near schools. If this bill becomes law, two of the largest abortion clinics in Alabama would be forced to close. I want to urge you to veto this bill, as it is a blatant violation of a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health.
It is obvious that the only purpose of this bill is to close down two of the state’s three largest abortion providers. If these clinics close, Alabama women’s access to abortion will be severely restricted. The American Civil Liberties Union has already promised it will challenge this bill in court if it becomes law. This challenge would undoubtedly be successful, since the state cannot place an undue burden women who are seeking abortions, and this bill definitely places an undue burden.
Despite the belief of some individuals that abortion is wrong, a woman is still entitled to an abortion under the law. This bill will not survive a challenge in court, and it is not worth taxpayer money to defend it. I urge you to veto this law in recognition of a woman’s right to choose.
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