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Abortion Clinics Have All But Disappeared in Alabama, But These Advocates Are Still Fighting

“The body is created by God and he created women with the ability to have a child,” said Rex Ponder, who believes abortion should be illegal throughout the entire country. “We have a responsibility to what God gave us"

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    Abortion Clinics Have All But Disappeared in Alabama, But These Advocates Are Still Fighting
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    In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2016, Ellie Hermann stands near the street as cars drive by with a protesting sign near the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Members of POWER (People Organizing for Women's Empowerment and Rights) House stood on the steps of the Alabama State House on Thursday morning to protest HB314, a bill that amounts to a near total ban on abortions. As lawmakers showed up to vote, the women held up signs that read, “Abortion Is A Human Right,” NBC News reports.

    Under the Alabama legislation, doctors could face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion procedure. In the version passed by the state House, the only exception would be regarding the mother's health. A Senate committee added an exception for rape, but the Senate suddenly tabled the exemptions for rape and incest Thursday.

    “If you get rid of abortions, essentially, it's not going to go away, it's just going to get more dangerous,” said Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, a clinic escort for POWER House.

    The volunteers at POWER House say there is already only a single clinic between Tampa, Florida, and Jackson, Mississippi.“In the late 90s, we had over 20 clinics in the state. And now, in 2019, we have three for the whole state,” said Mia Raven, founder and director of POWER House.

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves. 

    He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments that "no one currently alive was responsible for that," which Coates called a "strange theory of governance." 

    "Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers," he said. "We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach."

    (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)