Commonly known as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the legislation would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks. The bill does provide exceptions for abortions that would be necessary to save the mother’s life or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. It would not allow prosecutors to pursue charges against women who underwent the procedure.
Gubernatorial candidates and Mobile-Republican State Sen. Bill Hightower praised the passage of the resolution, SR109, which he sponsored.
“Senator Jones owes the people of Alabama an explanation for turning his back on a campaign promise he made just a few short months ago,” said Hightower in a statement. “More importantly, Senator Jones needs to explain why he would turn his back on the basic humanity of an individual’s right to life. At 20 weeks in the womb, it is not about a choice, it is about an innocent little baby’s right to live.”
Hightower says the science is clear, “at 20 weeks of pregnancy, a child has a heartbeat, a child feels pain.”
He continued, “What Senator Jones voted against was the basic humanity each and every one has a right to. Perhaps these are the values of Senator Jones’ new liberal colleagues, but they are not the values of Alabama. We deserve better from our Senator in Washington. And innocent children deserve better from us all.”
During his campaign for U.S. Senate, Jones went on record saying “the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That’s what I support.” However, when H.R. 36: The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act came before the U.S. Senate for a vote to be brought to the floor, Jones voted against it, essentially killing the bill.
Hightower’s resolution outlines what he calls Jones’ “hypocrisy in claiming to be pro-life during his campaign for United States Senate, while at the same time accepting campaign contributions from extreme pro-choice interests, and then voting with those pro-choice interests rather than with the voters of Alabama who elected him.”