University of Alabama College Democrats to protest personhood legislation Tuesday

Posted on March 26, 2012, March 26, 2012 by Melissa Brown

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — University of Alabama College Democrats will gather Tuesday to protest Alabama Legislature bills dealing with women’s reproductive rights.

“I want people to realize that there is nothing ‘small government’ about this Legislature’s agenda and hopefully we inform and encourage people to vote for better leaders in the upcoming and following elections,” protest chairwoman Charlotte Lawson wrote in a press release.

The group will protest bills Senate Bill 5 and Senate Bill 12 on the Crimson Promenade Tuesday, March 27, from 12 to 2 p.m.

SB 5, known as personhood legislation, defines a person from moment of fertilization and implantation. A similar bill in Mississippi was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters last November. SB 12 would mandate invasive ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

“First and foremost we believe that both of these bills are intrusive legal quagmires,” College Democrats President Cody Jones said. “The core of our protest is that we believe Alabama’s Legislature could be working to solve more important issues in the midst of the state’s budget crisis than playing electoral politics with these social issues that use women as a political football.”