FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The abortion debate often sparks strong emotions.
Hundreds of miles from Fort Wayne, in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey Wednesday evening signed legislation that would outlaw almost all abortions in that state.
At the same time, some conservatives are looking to ignite legal fights, hoping to get the U.S. Supreme Court to re-visit the landmark 1973 decision that made the procedure legal.
If it is signed into law, the idea that the highest court in the land might review it at some point and decide whether Roe vs. Wade “stands”, is a big deal not only for Alabama, but for every state in the country.
Gregg Bauserman, who lives in this area, knows the authors of the restrictive Alabama abortion law want the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved and essentially overturn a woman’s right to end a pregnancy.
He thinks that would be a mistake.
“I believe there is a time and place for everything, and I believe there’s a time and place for abortions and it’s some of the reasons that they’re talking about, rape, incest, what ever it may be,” Bauserman said.
Richard Coffman has the opposite view, made stronger, he says, by the fact he now has a four-month old grandson.
For him, abortion doesn’t make sense under almost any circumstance.
“I don’t know how people can, can do that, so I wish they’d pass it (the Alabama law) here in Indiana,” Coffman said.
Allen County’s Right to Life executive director, Cathie Humbarger, is paying close attention to what’s happening in the Deep South.
She took note that the law would criminalize the procedure for doctors, who could face up to 99 years in prison on felony convictions.
“The line is becoming clearer and clearer between those who are radically pro abortion and those that are saying enough is enough,” Humbarger said.
Retired Manchester University professor Robert Pettit, a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to choose, is worried about who won’t be able to get an abortion, if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
“This is going to affect people who do not have money, who do not have power and who do not have connections,” Pettit said.