Terri Collins Biography
Terri Collins is the Alabama lawmaker who sponsored a bill which may become the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. The Alabama Senate voted 25-6 for the bill, which would ban abortion at any stage of pregnancy. The bill would make it a felony to perform an abortion, with offenders penalized by up to 99 years in prison. The bill does not have an exception for rape or incest. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s health is seriously at risk.
She & Her Husband Tom Have Three Children
Collins was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She says that he met her husband, Tom, when they were both students at the University of Alabama. The couple got married and settled down in Decatur in 1982. That’s where they raised their three children. Collins worked as a bank executive for 16 years and then ran for a seat in the Alabama State House of Representatives in 2010.
— Tim B. Good (@timbgood) May 15, 2019
She Said She Would ‘Kill the Bill’ if it Included an Exception for Rape & Incest
Collins has said that she wants her bill to go all the way to the Supreme Court, where she hopes it will be a challenge to Roe v Wade. She said she didn’t want the bill to include any exception for rape or incest, because she wanted to make the case that, in her words, “the baby in the womb is a person.” She said she wanted the bill to directly confront Roe v Wade which, she said, “decided that the baby in the womb was not a person.”
Collins said that she would “kill the bill” if it were amended to include an exception for rape and incest. She said:
“The biggest thing to attack it with is to say, ‘What, you’re not going to include rape and incest?’” she explained. “Well, how do we say, ‘The baby inside is a person unless they’re conceived in rape or incest’? If that amendment was to get on the bill, then I’ll kill the bill because it won’t go to the Supreme Court. It will contradict itself. And so that’s why we’re trying to keep it clean, and we’re fighting with the Senate, which is what the House does. So, we’ll see what happens on Tuesday. Stay tuned.”
Alabama passes near-total abortion ban with NO exceptions for rape or incest
Alabama lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday banning nearly all abortions, including those in rape and incest cases.
The 25 to six vote makes it the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed since pro-life campaigners were defeated in the landmark Roe v. Wade case in 1973.
Alabama state Rep. Terri Collins (R), the sponsor of the #AlabamaAbortionBan bill: “I have prayed my way through this bill. This is the way we get where we want to get eventually.” https://t.co/GxqYD9KLNv
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) May 15, 2019
That ruling stated that depriving women of the right to an abortion except to save the mother’s life was unconstitutional.
Under the Alabama bill, the only exceptions are to safeguard the health of the mother, while doctors could face 10 years in prison for attempting an abortion and 99 years for actually carrying out the procedure.
She Has Been Honored for Her Advocacy on Behalf of Alabama Trails
In 2015, Collins won an award from American Trails, a conservationist group dedicated to “supporting, promoting and building our diverse trails.”
«Este proyecto va de desafiar a ‘Roe v. Wade’ y de proteger las vidas de los nonatos», reconoció su promotora, la representante republicana Terri Collins.#USA #Alabama #Aborto #Genocidio #Infanticidio #Feminismo #Feministas… https://t.co/hrynYlM05F
— Yo Católico (@Yo_Catolico_JHS) May 15, 2019
The group said that several new trails, Rock Ridge Equestrian Trail and the Richard Martin Rail Trail, as well as some bike trails, had been created in her district duuring her tenure as state representative. American Trails said that Collins had been “instrumental in helping state trails and the Alabama Trails Commission with state legislation.”
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Alabama passes bill outlawing nearly all abortions – including those in rape cases
- Under the bill, the only exceptions are to safeguard the health of the mother
- The 25 to 6 vote makes it the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed since pro-life campaigners were defeated in the Roe v. Wade case in 1973
- The landmark 1973 case ruled that a Texas law banning women from the right to an abortion except to save the life of the mother was unconstitutional
- Today, the Republican-controlled senate defeated a Democratic amendment that would have allowed abortions even for those impregnated by rape or incest
- Its passage comes amid a wave of anti-abortion measures in Republican-controlled state capitols around the U.S., emboldened by Trump’s administration
- Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced in 16 states this year
- Georgia signed into law Tuesday a so-called heartbeat bill to outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable – typically around the six-week mark
- The Alabama bill goes even further, banning abortions at any stage of pregnancy