(CNSNews.com) -- In signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which prohibits abortion except in a few instances, Governor Kay Ivey (R) stressed that the legislation passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of state government and that it reflects the "deeply held belief" of the people of Alabama "that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."
The Alabama Human Life Protection Act prohibits abortion in all cases except if there is a lethal anomaly in the child, the mother's life is seriously threatened, or there is an ectopic pregnancy. If a person performs an abortion, he could be imprisoned for at least 10 years and up to 99 years. The bill passed in the Alabama House 74-3 and in the Alabama Senate 25-6.
“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature," said Gov. Kay Ivey in her May 15 statement. "To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."
"To all Alabamians, I assure you that we will continue to follow the rule of law," she said.
"In all meaningful respects, this bill closely resembles an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years," wrote the governor. "As today’s bill itself recognizes, that longstanding abortion law has been rendered 'unenforceable as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.'"
Gov. Ivey continued, "No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable. As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions. Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973."
"The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur," wrote the governor.
In the legislation, the overwhelming human devastation of abortion is noted. As it reads, "It is estimated that 6,000,000 Jewish people were murdered in German concentration camps during World War II; 3,000,000 people were executed by Joseph Stalin's regime in Soviet gulags; 2,500,000 people were murdered during the Chinese 'Great Leap Forward' in 1958; 1,500,000 to 3,000,000 people were murdered by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia during the 1970s; and approximately 1,000,000 people were murdered during the Rwandan genocide in 1994."
"All of these are widely acknowledged to have been crimes against humanity," reads the bill. "By comparison, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin's gulags, Cambodian killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined."