1819 Podcast: Alabama abortion ban’s chief author explains what’s legal, what’s not

The chief author of Alabama's landmark abortion ban, Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston, recently said that while the new law prohibits nearly all abortions in the state, the procedure remains legal in some narrow instances including those in which the unborn child has or would die shortly after birth, and in cases involving an emergency. Some critics on social media have claimed otherwise, and that the law would also make it illegal for doctors to help with miscarriages. Not so, explained…

Huntsville Radio: J. Pepper Bryars talks campus free speech on the Jeff Poor Show

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed how Alabama could have what’s being called “one of the most ... effective campus free-speech laws in the country” on the Jeff Poor Show, WVNN 92.5 FM in Huntsville. Bryars explained how House Bill 498, introduced by State Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, would require the state’s public colleges and universities to adopt policies and procedures to protect free speech on campus. The bill was recently approved in committee and now awaits further action. Listen…

Alabama Policy Institute Applauds the Alabama Legislature for Passing the Human Life Protection Act

PRESS RELEASE   BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Alabama Policy Institute applauds the State Legislature for passing the Human Life Protection Act (HB314) late Tuesday night. If signed by Governor Ivey, the law would establish Alabama as the most pro-life state in the United States. Just last year, the residents of Alabama were offered an opportunity to voice their opinion on the abortion issue via an amendment to the state constitution. The amendment stated that Alabama “recognize[s] and support[s] the importance…

Rachel Bryars discusses her unplanned pregnancy: “This is a story I’ve rarely shared”

API Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars has spoken out during the past two weeks about a story she said she has rarely shared, mostly out of fear of embarrassing her oldest daughter. However, after watching the new movie "Unplanned" together and receiving her daughter's heartfelt encouragement to speak out in defense of life, Bryars shared her personal unplanned pregnancy story at the recent public hearing regarding the controversial Alabama bill that would significantly restrict abortion in Alabama and then at…

MOBILE RADIO: J. Pepper Bryars warns against Medicaid expansion

Alabama Policy Institute Fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently warned against the financial risks if Alabama expands Medicaid during an appearance on the Midday Mobile radio program, hosted by Sean Sullivan on Talk 106.5 FM. Bryars noted that while credible economists are predicting both an economic boon and a budget bust by the action, the actual evidence is showing the move would cost taxpayers millions more than advertised. Listen to the segment here: https://simplecast.com/s/ca88d96e