Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham, who favors a woman having the right to have an abortion, said she is tired of seeing repeated efforts to remove that right. She said she would rather attack the problem of unwanted pregnancies through education and birth control.
House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, criticized the Republicans for spending more time criticizing Obama and Democrats than trying to resolve difficult issues, like health care.
"The Republicans in the Alabama Legislature are more concerned with playing partisan political games than they are with the health of people of Alabama," Ford said. He criticized the Republicans for not expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid, an option under the federal health care plan.
Another measure in the Republican agenda would give local school systems more flexibility in setting their own rules and regulations. Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw said an example would let school systems establish their own rules on how to improve security at schools to stop school shootings like the recent massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.