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For Immediate Release: March 31, 2011

Rep Kerry Rich Finds Support in Legislature for Abortion Restriction Bill

Proponents of a bill banning elective abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy said the Alabama Legislature’s new Republican majority is responsible for the bill getting overwhelming support in a House committee Wednesday.

The House Health Committee approved the bill on a voice vote with no audible opposition. The vote by the Republican-controlled committee sends the bill to the House and puts Alabama into the mix of states where abortion opponents are trying to use GOP majorities to tighten restrictions on abortions.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Kerry Rich of Albertville, said the Republican takeover of the Legislature in the November election gave new hope to people who want to restrict abortion after several years of seeing bills fail under Democratic control.

“Before you had people who said they were pro-life, but when it got down to the bottom line, they weren’t as pro-life as they said publicly they were. This new Legislature is very serious. They say they are pro-life, and they follow up,” he said.

“We’ve got an excellent chance of getting this passed,” he said.

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