Televangelist Pat Robertson said "Alabama has gone too far" in their recent passing of legislation that effectively outlaws abortion procedures.
The Christian Broadcasting Network chairman and Southern Baptist minister criticized the Republican Alabama lawmakers who passed the anti-abortion bill Tuesday night in a 25-6 vote in the state legislature. The bill, which makes it a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for doctors who perform the procedure and has no exceptions in the case of rape or incest, now heads to the desk of GOP Governor Kay Ivey, who has a long track record of anti-abortion positions.
Robertson labeling the law "extreme" shocked many conservatives and liberal pundits alike, given his typically far-right social and political stances. But Robertson is not opposed on moral or ethical grounds, instead, he says the law doesn't have the ability to win a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade if signed by the governor.
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"I think Alabama has gone too far," Robertson said on his 700 Club platform Wednesday. "They've passed a law that would give a 99-year prison sentence to people who commit abortion, there's no exception for rape or incest."
"It's an extreme law and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose," Robertson added with a chuckle.
The CBN Network then cut to the chaotic scene in the Alabama State Senate last week when Republican legislators attempted to rush the bill through without a full roll call vote as Democrats had requested. The segment laid out how the only exception to the law are in rare cases where there is a serious threat to the health of the unborn child's mother.
"Again, I think it's ill-considered," Robertson continued. "I think we ought to do it, but Roe vs. Wade was a put-up case, it was a phony case...it was an ACLU job dependent on the so-called 'right of privacy' ... but the Alabama case, God bless them they're trying to do something, but I don't think that's the case I want to bring to the Supreme Court."
Robertson said he believes that "over 60 million babies" have been aborted since Roe v. Wade went into effect in the 1970s.
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The Alabama law was condemned by several human and civil rights groups, with Amnesty International responding Wednesday: "Abortion bans like the one passed in Alabama are a violation of human rights. These bans will be deadly. They will endanger pregnant people’s lives. They will re-victimize survivors of rape and sexual violence by denying them their rights. We must not go back."
Robertson has made controversial and often outlandish remarks for decades. He has tied hurricanes to homosexual behavior, openly called for the assassination of now-deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and has routinely compared American liberals to Nazis.