Univ. of Alabama Considers Return of $26.5 Million Private Donation — The Reason Will Inspire You


[The following was written by Dean Garrison and originally appeared at DCclothesline.com.  It has been reprinted with permission.]

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When philanthropist Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. pledged a record $26.5 million to the University of Alabama in September, the institution showered him with praise, lauding his generosity, describing him as a “special person” and renaming the law school in his honor.

That relationship quickly soured. On Friday, Alabama’s board of trustees is expected to reject Culverhouse’s gift, give back the $21.5 million received so far, and remove his name, too.

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Depending on which side you talk to, the flap is either the most high-profile fallout from Alabama’s new abortion ban or a completely unrelated dispute.

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The bond began publicly unraveling last week after Culverhouse, a Florida real estate investor and lawyer, called on students to boycott the university to protest the ban. Hours later, Alabama announced it was considering giving back his money, the biggest donation ever made to the university.

“I don’t want anybody to go to that law school, especially women, until the state gets its act together,” the 70-year-old Culverhouse said in an interview.

The Alabama ban would make abortion at any stage of pregnancy a crime punishable by 10 years to life in prison for the provider, with no exceptions for rape or incest…

For those who may have missed it, in mid-May, Alabama passed its controversial new abortion law, which punishes practitioners and makes abortion a felony offense.

AL.com reported:  “Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to perform or attempt to perform an abortion in the state. The controversial bill contains no exceptions for victims of rape or incest but does allow for abortions in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.

Here is the text of the bill itself:

SYNOPSIS

This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.

READ it ALL here

Kudos Alabama! The health risk to a mother is the only case where many hard core abortion protesters give any ground at all.

Abortion is murder.

Period.

But, when the mother has to choose between her own life and her baby’s life things get a lot murkier for some.

However, with that said… over 99% of all abortions performed are not under those circumstances.

Abortion laws have never been about protecting moms-at-risk. Even before Roe v Wade, a mother whose life was in jeopardy could always opt to pick her own life over the life of her child. Did you know that?

Abortion to save the mother’s life was legal before convenience abortion was legalized and would continue to be if abortion were made illegal again.

Even under restrictive abortion laws, the mother’s right to life is never disregarded. Contrary to what some pro-choice advocates have said, there is no danger whatsoever that women whose lives are in jeopardy will be unable to get treatment, even if such treatment tragically results in the death of an unborn child.

Even pro-choice USA Today acknowledges: [3]

The National Right to Life Committee consistently has maintained that while abortion should be banned, there should be exceptions if an abortion is needed to save a woman’s life.

Alabama’s bill passed the House by a vote of 74-3 and the Senate by a vote of 25-6.

Not often do you see large sums of money returned or rejected over principle. The University of Alabama should be applauded for even considering such a gesture.

My hope is that they do return the money and tell Mr. Culverhouse to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

Right is right. Everything else is wrong.

Roll Tide!

Dean Garrison is the publisher of DC Clothesline and DC Dirty Laundry

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