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For Immediate Release: April 23, 2013

Rich Tapped As Legislator of the Year

For his work in the legislature opposing abortion and defending the rights of the unborn as well as other pro-family causes, the Christian Coalition of Alabama has named Kerry Rich of Albertville as their State Representative of the Year.

Rich said he was highly honored for having been selected primarily for sponsoring and getting the Pain Tolerant Act passed in 2011.  “This law recognizes that children inside the mother’s womb suffer pain and it prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, it will save the lives of some eighty children per year in Alabama.  I also strongly supported the passage recently of a pro life bill sponsored by Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (HB 57) as well as other pro life and pro family legislation”, he said of his efforts.

The Legislative Director for Alabama Citizens for life Cheryl Ciamarra told ‘The National Right For Life News’, “For decades it was nearly impossible to get pro-life bills even brought up in committee due to the stronghold that pro-abortion Democratic leadership had on the state legislature. We are delighted the Republican majority has made women’s health a priority by placing this bill in their package this year and seeing it come into law.”

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said in a written statement, “I’m proud to live in a state that prioritizes pro-life legislation and protects our citizens at a time when they are most vulnerable.”

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (R) said, “I am strongly pro-life. We can’t ban abortion—that’s a federal issue that’s been confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court—but at the state level, we can regulate and control unsafe health practices. I support the Legislature’s efforts to restrict the operation of unsafe clinics to help ensure a woman’s health.”

At the signing of HB 57 last month, Governor Robert Bentley stated, “As a physician, and as a governor, I am proud to sign this legislation. This bill provides appropriate standards of care. It has been endorsed by pro-life groups across Alabama. This is a key piece of legislation in the House Republican Agenda, and I am honored to stand with legislative leaders and sign this bill.”

At this year’s annual Pro-Life Legislative Day, Rich told participants, “I want you to know that you do have an impact.” He said that the legislature passed its first pro-life bill in 2011 there would be more to come. “I can’t think of anything that is more wrong or more evil than abortion.” he said.  Another bill, HB 360, the Hear the Heartbeat Act, which Rich is sponsoring this session would require that abortionists must ask mothers if they would like to hear the heartbeat of their baby before it is killed and would call for them to angle the sonogram image of the baby so that the mother can see the child if they choose to look.

The Pain Tolerant Act of 2011 and the Women’s Health and Safety Act of 2013 are the first two major pieces of Pro-Life legislation passed by the Alabama Legislature in over a decade.

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