In November, one proposed amendment on the ballot would strengthen Alabama’s anti-abortion stance.
If voters approve it, amendment number two would recognize the rights of unborn children.
The amendment would “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life” and declare the Alabama Constitution “does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
However, Tom Spencer with the non-partisan Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama emphasizes that the state cannot fully ban abortions because of federal law.
“Abortions are a right governed by the US Construction,” he explained. “The precedent being set in Roe v Wade initially and modified over the years. So, a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion with certain stipulations.”
What would the immediate impact be if this measure passed?
“This would not change anything under the current scheme,” Spencer said. “The US Constitution is supreme over the Alabama Constitution.”
However, the U.S. Constitution is interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently shifted to a conservative majority with the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“It is possible the U.S. Supreme Court could revisit the Roe v Wade decision and perhaps even return regulation of abortion to the states,” added Spencer.
In that situation, Spencer says this amendment could shape policy.
Alabama’s constitution is the longest in the world, with 928 amendments.