Garlan Gudger, a Republican state senator in Alabama, is claiming pro-abortion activists have threatened to rape his wife over his support of the state’s recently approved pro-life legislation.
During an interview with Alabama Public Television, the state senator told “Capitol Journal” host Don Dailey people have attacked his son via Snapchat while others have told his wife “they were going to break into our house and rape and do other things to her.”
“It’s been tough dealing with the balancing of my wife and my children being attacked,” Gudger told the host. “I obviously don’t like that part. No one should be attacked or threatened with harm for a difference of opinion. But overall, I’m doing well, besides that.”
The lawmaker claimed he’s not alone in receiving concerning messages, revealing there are other pro-life politicians who have been treated “the same way,” noting it’s “something we have to deal with, and we’re dealing with it.”
Gudger’s comments come not long after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the Human Life Protection Act, which makes it a felony charge for any doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.
Lawmakers in the state were met with extreme backlash over the bill, which doesn’t allow for exceptions in cases of rape or incest, making it the strictest anti-abortion law in the country.
When she signed it, Ivey said in a statement that “every life is a sacred gift from God,” calling the pro-life legislation “a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious.”