Alabama Democrat on Abortion Law: 'Any Time President Trump Tells You You've Gone Too Far... You've Gone Too Far'

Alabama State Representative Christopher England, D-Tuscaloosa, invoked Donald Trump in his repudiation of the state's recent abortion ban, widely seen as the most restrictive in the nation. Signed by Republican Governor Kay Ivey last week, it would effectively ban abortions at nearly every stage of pregnancy when the law takes effect later this year.

"Any time President Trump tells you or anyone else in America that you've gone too far, you've gone too far," England said on the House floor, referencing recent criticisms from President Trump about the bill's lack of exemptions for instances of rape or incest.

Rep. Christopher England, D-Tuscaloosa, notes Donald Trump's criticism of the lack of exceptions for rape and incest in Alabama's near-total abortion ban. "Any time President Trump tells you or anyone else in America that you've gone too far, you've gone too far." #alpolitics

— Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) May 21, 2019

England had harsh words for his state's politicians for passing the anti-abortion legislation in what he views as a hasty manner: "If there is an absolute wrong way to do something, Alabama is going to figure it out. And not only are we going to figure it out, we're going to jump to the front of the line to do it."

Besides from President Trump, the Alabama bill has received numerous criticisms from prominent right-wing figures including Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren and televangelist Pat Robertson.

Lahren said that "Alabama's new abortion ban is too restrictive and will not reduce abortions" in a commentary for Fox News, where she hosts a show on the network's digital platform.

Alabama joins a handful of other states that have passed abortion bans or have moved to curtail the practice this year. After President Trump's appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – to replace the more moderate Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy – conservative state legislatures have seized the current moment as a rare opportunity to advance a challenge to Roe v. Wade to the highest court.

President Trump wrote on Twitter that he is "strongly Pro-Life," with the exceptions of race, incest and the health of the mother. Alabama's legislation does not carve out protections for these first two categories.

As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions - Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother - the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019

State legislators on Tuesday were considering accompanying legislation that would penalize doctors who fail to care for babies born during an abortion attempt, a nearly unheard-of occurrence.

Thousands of Alabama residents took to the streets on Sunday in protest of the abortion ban. Doctors face felony charges and up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion in conflict with the law's one exception, the health of the mother.

"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," Governor Ivey said after she signed the legislation.