Understanding Amendment 2: Abortion

With just one week until the election, WAAY 31 wanted to know what it says, so you can make an informed decision.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 6:21 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 1:21 PM

When you head to the polls next Tuesday, you'll have four state amendments to vote on. The most controversial one is about abortion. With just one week until the election, WAAY 31 wanted to know what it says, so you can make an informed decision.

"You're seeing from some organizations, them saying that this would potentially change the law. We are not changing the law. We are effectively setting forward a public policy statement that we as Alabamians are pro-life," said David Pinkleton with the Madison County Democratic Party.

He said that Amendment Two won't overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal. We read a copy of the ballot language, and it states the Alabama Constitution doesn't guarantee a right to abortion or the funding of it.

Walt Maddox, the Democratic candidate for governor, said he doesn't support it.

"It's a constitutional amendment and our constitutional amendments supersede any law in the state, so to pass an amendment that is statement and not a matter of running our day to day operations is to me dangerous in and of itself," he said.

Critics have said Amendment Two is the first step to dismantling Roe v. Wade. Maddox says it's simply too broad.

"I am a pro-life Democrat, but there has to be exemptions in the case of the health of the mother, rape or incest. This amendment doesn't provide any of that and to me that is unthinkable that we would even engage in this type of way. If we want to be pro-life, we have to keep those exemptions there," Maddox said.

Republicans think it could be a step in showing legislatures how Alabama feels about abortion, if it was ever brought back to each state to decide upon.

"Roe v. Wade is not all of a sudden obsolete in the state of Alabama. Abortions are allowed to go forward, but it is making clear within the constitution that, 'hey, you know there is no right to abortion.' We're not going to have that enumerated in the constitution," Pinkleton said.

Governor Kay Ivey has said she supports Amendment Two, because it supports the rights of the unborn.

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