After Extreme Alabama IVF Ruling, Spotlight is now on Upcoming Alabama House Special Election

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Alabama House Special Election on March 26th represents the first election in Alabama since this shocking ruling

WASHINGTON — After the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled that fertilized eggs have the same rights as children and two clinics have now paused IVF treatment, the landscape of reproductive freedoms in Alabama has been thrown into chaos. Republicans in the state legislature have already banned abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest and passed a law threatening prison time for physicians, or anyone, who provides or attempts to provide an abortion. Electing champions of reproductive care in Alabama and across the country has never been more important, which is why all eyes should now be on the upcoming state House special election on March 26th.

DLCC Spotlight candidate Marilyn Lands is running in a razor-tight race in HD-10, a tossup and true battleground district in a red state. This week, she launched an ad sharing her abortion story, and her race will be the first test of the mood of Alabamian voters following the court’s ruling that’s fundamentally undermined reproductive freedoms. State legislatures across the country are on the frontlines of determining access to the full spectrum of reproductive care, and electing Democrats is the only way to protect against MAGA’s anti-women and anti-health care agenda. 

Republicans across the country are watching what happens in Alabama – electing Marilyn to the state House would send shockwaves and put Republicans on notice that attacks on reproductive health are mobilizing voters, even in GOP-controlled states. 

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee National Press Secretary Sam Paisley issued the following statement:

“Our hearts go out to everyone in Alabama whose plans to build a family have now been gutted by Alabama Republicans and the state supreme court. Alabama already has one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country, thanks to Republicans in the legislature, but the attacks just keep coming. This devastating court ruling empowers the extremism of the GOP-controlled legislature – electing Democrats to state legislatures in Alabama and across the country is the only way to put an end to this dangerous crusade.

“The next opportunity to put Republicans on notice that attacks on reproductive care have gone too far is a special election in Alabama on March 26th. Democrat Marilyn Lands is running as a strong advocate for reproductive freedoms, and just this week, shared her abortion story. The stakes in the states are incredibly high this year and electing candidates like Marilyn in state legislatures across the country is the only way to stop the GOP’s relentless attacks.” 

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.