On Wednesday, the Alabama state senate passed the strictest abortion law in the country, but it wasn’t without a fight from state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D) who rebuked her GOP colleagues for passing a bill that would criminalize abortion, even if a woman is “raped” or a victim of “incest.”
Speaking adamantly on the Senate floor before the official vote on HB 314, Figures grilled a supporter of the bill, Alabama state Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R), as she tried to get him to understand why this legislation could be so harmful and unjust for her constituents.
With an issue that causes many to beat around the bush, Figures did just the opposite.
“Do you know what it’s like to be raped?” she asked Chambliss, prompting him to reply that he doesn’t.
“Do you know what it’s like to have a relative commit incest on you?” Figures continued, which elicited the Republican senator to respond “On me? No ma’am.”
She went on to explain “that’s one of those traumas that a person experiences,” arguing that people, and especially children, should not have to be reminded of that “every single day.”
Figures then proclaimed that by passing this bill, the state GOP is going “to take that choice away from that person who had such a traumatic act committed against them, to be left with the residue of that person, if you will, to have to bring that child into this world and be reminded of that every single day.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
“Do you know what it’s like to be raped? Do you know what it’s like to have a relative commit incest on you?” Alabama State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures grilled her GOP counterpart as the Alabama Senate passed a near-total abortion ban. https://t.co/L8bY9wCOoo pic.twitter.com/HdkeTJ73li
— CNN (@CNN) May 15, 2019
“Some people can do that,” she added, noting that there are people who can overcome that type of “trauma” to become a parent.
But she went on to emphasize multiple times that “some people can’t” arguing that those who “can’t” should not have their right to decide stripped from them.
On Tuesday, Figures continued to call out GOP leadership in her state, as she publicized the 21-11 vote, where state Republicans overwhelmingly killed an amendment to allow incest and rape as an exception to the abortion bill.
Roll Call Vote of the amendment that dealt with making rape and incest an exception in HB314. pic.twitter.com/UDKBFrm4pz
— Vivian Davis Figures (@vivian_figures) May 15, 2019