Alabama voters face abortion and Ten Commandment issues on Nov. 6 ballot

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Montgomery, Al. (WRBL) – Polarizing topics like abortion and Ten Commandment displays could draw more conservative, Christians to Alabama polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6th.  

Alabama voters are considering dozens of state and local elections, including four constitutional amendments. The amendments are all proposed by Republican lawmakers and two address hot-button issues of abortion and Ten Commandment displays.
 
Statewide Amendment No. 1: Could add language supporting Ten Commandment displays on public property

The placement would include schools while prohibiting the use of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of the amendment.

Ballot language on the front side:

    “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.”

Displays will be allowed if they meet “constitutional requirements” for educational and historical displays. It’s unclear what impact Amendment 1 will have considering displays meeting constitutional requirements are already allowed. Plus, The U.S. Supreme Court prohibits displays for religious purposes and overrides a state’s constitution.
     
Statewide Amendment No. 2: Could add language declaring Alabama as a “pro-life” state
 
Considered the “anti-abortion” amendment, the language would demonstrate the state’s support of the sanctity and rights of unborn children, adding Alabama does not protect the right to abortion or required to fund abortion.

Ballot language on the front side:

    “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

For now, the amendment will not impact a woman’s right to an abortion. However,  opponents say it could pave the way for an Alabama abortion ban. Supporters say it would prepare Alabama if the U.S. Supreme Court, which is now dominated by conservative Justices, overturns cases supporting Abortion Rights like Roe V. Wade and make abortion illegal.
     
Voters, amendments have short explanations on the front of your Ballot where you’ll mark your vote. However, more detailed explanations can be located on the back of your Ballot.

Sample Ballots can be located via the Alabama Secretary of State’s Website:Alabama Sample Ballots by County

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