Montgomery Advertiser on abortion legislation:
If Republican lawmakers don't want their dominance of the Alabama Legislature to be a one-term flash in the pan, they should run as fast as they can from a bill introduced by one of their GOP cohorts that would require women to undergo an invasive procedure to get an abortion.
In fact, they should drop this bill completely and hope that most women voters — and a lot of sympathetic male voters as well — forget it before the next election cycle.
The bill by Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, would require a doctor or registered technician to perform an obstetric ultrasound on a woman before she could give her consent to having an abortion. Then the woman would be required to view the ultrasound, whether she wants to or not, before proceeding.
That part of an “informed consent” bill is reason enough to kill it. But the legislation doesn't stop there. It goes on to say that an ultrasound transducer could have to be inserted into the woman's vagina if that “would display the embryo or fetus more clearly.” ...
If this bill goes forward, Republican legislators can expect a backlash of enormous proportions from women in the state. Our prediction is that many women won’t just be voting against Republicans who support this bill, they will be so incensed that they will be voting against all Republicans everywhere, and for a long time to come.
And their anger won't be felt just in the voting booth. They will be donating to the opponents of Republicans, and probably even stopping on the sides of the state’s roadways to rip down Republican signs. We would not be surprised if many of them even threaten their husbands with bodily harm if the husbands support Republicans.
And we would bet that a significant number of those women upset over this bill will be voters who otherwise would tend to support GOP candidates.
It's hard to imagine a bill better designed to stir the ire of women than this one. ...