Bradley Byrne Governor
Bradley Byrne Candidate for Governor
Bradly Byrne ChancellorBradley Byrne served 2 years as chancellor of the Alabama Junior Colleges. Being chancellor gave him that pro public school experience.
Bradley Byrne and AbortionBradley Byrne has made strong statements that the pro-life issue is a matter of principle and that he would support legislative efforts to oppose abortion and uphold the right-to-life of the unborn. Byrne points to the 2003 Brody Act, passed which mandated that criminal penalties be required when an unborn child was killed in a violent act against the expectant mother. As a State Senator, Byrne was the initial Senate sponsor of this legislation.
However, the Brody Bill passage is a bone of contention for the House sponsor of that legislation, Rep. Spencer Collier of Mobile County. Rep. Collier is an outspoken conservative, a dedicated Christian, and a movement conservative. Collier worked hard to maneuver the anti-abortion Brody Bill out of a House Committee and working with House leadership saw the bill pass.
In the Alabama Senate, the Brody Bill was assigned to the Judiciary Committee, Chaired by ultra-liberal Roger Smitherman. Smitherman (Democrat from Birmingham) refused to hold hearings on the Brody Bill. Rep. Collier worked with pro-life activists to work to bring the bill out to the floor for a vote. At that point, then-Senator Byrne refused to co-operate with Rep. Collier and the other pro-life activists, pleading that he did not want to make then-Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley mad.
Collier reports a tense confrontation with Byrne reporting that he did not like Collier raising his voice, which Collier admits that he did. Bynre stated, according to Collier, that Collier was too passionate about this particular issue. Let us pause for a minute at this juncture to take note that Rep. Spencer Collier is extremely passionate about efforts to defend the lives of helpless babies and saw the Brody Bill as one way to move toward respect for life in our culture--a position claimed by the Republican Party for a over a generation.
Happily, Senator Hank Erwin was willing to invoke Rule 10, which allowed the pro-life supporters in the Alabama Senate to bring up the Brody Bill and see the bill pass the Senate, sending this important piece of pro-life legislation to Governor Riley, who signed this bill into law.
When Musings from Maytown reported our previous interview with Candidate Byrne, we reported Byrne's testimony of deep conviction on the issue of abortion and his claim to have been instrumental in passing the Brody Bill. Ever a man of principle, Rep. Collier contacted this writer and could not let this statement stand. According to Collier, Byrne not only was an impediment toward passage of the Brody Bill, he chided supporters for their passion on the pro-life cause.
As Musings from Maytown stated at the outset of this article, few Alabama politicians will not claim to be pro-life. But the pro-life cause needs advocates and those who will make this issue a priority. In neighboring Mississippi, the last abortion clinic may close, due to an aggressive presence of pro-lifers in the Mississippi legislature and commitment of pro-life Govenors like Haley Barbour and Kirk Fordyce. Will Alabama elect a Governor with pro-life convictions? Tuesday, July 13 will tell. Musings from Maytown--commenting on the culture from a conservative perspective John Killian BlogspotMore Issue Information Bradley Byrne
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