Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama abortion law ‘has gone too far,’ is ‘ill-considered’ – USA TODAY

Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY
Published 6:40 a.m. ET May 16, 2019 | Updated 9:29 a.m. ET May 16, 2019CLOSE
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed a near-total abortion ban into law.
USA TODAYLongtime televangelist Pat Robertson, who opposes abortion, criticized Alabama’s near-total abortion ban that on Wednesday became the nation’s most restrictive and one expected to face legal challenge.”I think Alabama has gone too far,” Robertson said Wednesday on “The 700 Club” before the bill was signed into law by Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. “It’s an extreme law.””They want to challenge Roe v. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case that we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this will lose,” he added.Robertson cited the law’s lack of exemptions for rape or incest and its punishment up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion in the state as extreme.Near-total ban: Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law25 men voted to ban abortion in Alabama: Do they reflect the rest of America?The law, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Terri Collins, makes performing an abortion in the state a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison. Attempting an abortion would be a felony, with a prison sentence of one to 10 years.The only exceptions to the ban would be a threat to the life of the mother; a mental illness where a birth might lead to a woman’s death or the death of her child, or in the case of fetal anomalies where a child might be stillborn or die after birth.Where is abortion legal? Everywhere. But …”I think it’s ill-considered,” Robertson told viewers on the Christian Broadcasting Network. The televangelist continued by criticizing the Roe v. Wade decision and emphasizing the need for strict abortion laws in the country.”But the Alabama case, God bless them. They’re trying to do something but I don’t think that’s the case, and I don’t want to bring it to the Supreme Court,” Robertson said.Collins and other supporters of the law said it is designed to take a challenge to Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court.Legal experts, however, say the court might not reverse the 1973 decision by taking up cases on strict laws like Alabama’s – even with the addition of conservative justices added by President Donald Trump. Taking on cases with lesser restrictions to chip away at abortion rights is more likely, experts say.Will it go to SCOTUS? Strict anti-abortion laws like Alabama’s are aimed at Supreme Court, which may prove to be an obstacleContributing: Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser, and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY.Follow USA TODAY’s Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/16/pat-robertson-says-alabama-abortion-law-has-gone-too-far/3690680002/