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Republicans making elections about women

If Republican House and Senate members can do so, they will pass a strong anti-abortion law before ending the current legislative session.

Their goal, however, is to make abortion an issue in the coming legislative elections and hope that voters elect more legislators who will help them ban abortions in Alabama.

Several legislative efforts, including one bill that would ban abortion except to save a woman's life, are issues that women need to consider when they go to the polls this spring, even if the Legislature goes ahead and passes some of the pending anti-abortion legislation.

John Giles, the politically tainted president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, sees the state becoming the beacon of the South for banning abortions.

"If it (abortion) can be stopped, it can be stopped in Alabama," he said.

The goal is to elect more conservative Republicans to the Legislature this year and continue the process until the GOP controls the law-making process.

A majority of Alabamians may, indeed, support abortion bans, but those who don't need to be clear about the Republican intent.

Cheryl Sabel, a spokesman for the Montgomery chapter of the National Organization for Women, wants women to understand two key points:

  • Male politicians are leading the charge to take away women's rights.
  • Abortion foes are looking to make women subservient, powerless and unequal.

    Most Alabamians who support a woman's right to an abortion do not support abortion. But many of them believe that certain situations outweigh their opposition to abortion.

    Republicans are going to use the issue as a political device to energize voters who want to see abortions banned.

    Women who want to preserve their right to abort a pregnancy that results from rape or incest or in severe deformity need to pay close attention to this election.

    The legislative elections are about them.

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