Who Is Kay Ivey? (Governor of Alabama) Narrated by Chika | NowThis

- [Interviewer] Would you have preferred a bill

that has exceptions for rape and incest?

- All human life is precious.

- [Narrator] That's Kay Ivey.

Or what Foghorn Leghorn would sound like

if he held elected office.

She's Alabama's governor who signed into law

the most restrictive abortion bill in the country.

She said she would vote for Roy Moore

even after he faced credible allegations

of child molestation.

And she believes that "every life is precious

"and that every life is a sacred gift from God".

Unless that life is on death row.

Kay Ellen Ivey was born in 1944 in Camden, Alabama.

A small town with two traffic lights

and a population of around 2,000.

A young Ivey worked on her father's farm

which taught her to value hard work.

She graduated from Auburn University in 1967

and moved to California where she taught

the nation's impressionable youth

at Rio Linda High School in Sacramento.

Ivey returned to Alabama and took a job

at Merchant's National Bank

before deciding to dive into politics.

Ivey was appointed to serve in the State Cabinet

by then governor, Fob James.

A guy who's partially responsible

for re instituting Chain Gangs,

a practice that displayed a largely black inmate

population for white tourists to see.

Later, Ivey became the Reading Clerk

for the State House of Representatives.

In 1982, she ran as a Democrat for State Auditor

but was defeated.

In 2002, Ivey switched parties

and ran successfully as a Republican

for State Treasurer,

a position she had held until 2011

when she became Lieutenant Governor.

Prior to her appointment for seven years,

the Alabama State Legislator was controlled by Democrats.

But, after the GOP reportedly spent $30 million

to fund the Red Map Project,

which critics have described as,

"gerrymandering on steroids",

everything went red.

The project aimed to pack as many

democratic voters as they could into one district.

Which resulted in Republicans taking control

of both chambers in all state-wide offices.

Thanks to Republicans drawing lines on a map,

Kay Ivey continued to climb the ladder

of Alabama politics.

In 2017, Ivey made the jump to governor

after the guy who previously held the position,

Robert Bentley, resigned in the midst of a sex scandal.

- Serving as your governor

and representing the great state of Alabama

is no small task.

- [Narrator] Ivey quickly got to work

pushing a far right agenda.

In May of 2017, she signed into law

a bill that cut down the time

death row inmates had to file appeals.

During her tenure, the pro-life Ivey

has presided over the state sanctioned killings

of six people under Alabama's death penalty law.

The same month, Ivey signed another bill into law

which protected Confederate Monuments.

- We must learn from our history

and we don't need folks in Washington

or out of state liberals telling us what to do in Alabama.

- [Narrator] Ivey also signed the bill

which allowed faith-based adoption agencies

to refuse to place children in the care of gay parents.

Ivey defended it.

"This bill is not about discrimination,

but instead protects the ability of religious

agencies to place vulnerable children

in a permanent home," she said.

The same year, Roy Moore won the Republican nomination

for a US Senate seat.

After details of sexual misconduct against minors surfaced,

many Republicans withdrew their support from Moore.

But not Ivey.

- [Interviewer] Do you believe any of the women

that have brought accusations against Roy Moore?

- I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of them.

- [Narrator] But, Ivey believed that

passing Republican legislation,

even if it's steered by an alleged child molester,

is paramount.

- I do believe that

the nominee of the party is the one I'll vote for.

I believe in the Republican party and what we stand for.

And most important, we need to have

a Republican in the United States Senate

to vote on the things like Supreme Court Justices.

- [Narrator] Unfortunately for Ivey,

Moore lost his bid.

But, she eventually got what she wanted

with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

- [Interviewer] With based on what you know now,

do you think he should be confirmed, or?

- I think he should be confirmed.

- [Narrator] The following year,

Ivey signed an executive memo

allowing Alabama's school administrators

to have guns in school.

- School administrator, like assistant principal

or assistant coach or.

But a school administrator.

- [Narrator] Faculty members who pass training

and get approval from local law enforcements are able to

"use lethal force to defend the students,

"faculty, staff, and visitors of his or her

"school from the threat of imminent bodily harm

"or death by an armed intruder."

The memo was met with criticism

from both sides of the aisle.

On May 15th, 2019, Ivey took a step

that will cement her in history for decades to come.

With the stroke of a pen,

Ivey signed the most restrictive abortion bill

in the country into law.

The bill directly contradicts the US Supreme Court's

decision in Roe v Wade.

The bill, which was passed

by 25 Alabama senators, all of whom are white men,

outlaws abortion at every state of pregnancy

with exemptions for serious health risks

but not for rape or incest.

Doctors who perform an abortion

could face up to 99 years in prison,

which is the same amount of time as rapists and murderers.

This legislation was specifically designed

to make its way to the Supreme Court.

The bill's sponsor in the House,

Republican Terry Collins,

even said,

"The bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade

"and protecting the lives of the unborn,

"because an unborn baby is a person

"who deserves love and protection."

Under the Supreme Court's

newly empowered conservative majority,

thanks to Donald Trump,

the bill could be used to strike down Roe v. Wade,

which has protected a woman's right to choose

for nearly 50 years.

In the 2016 debates, Trump predicted what would happen.

- [Interviewer] Do you want to see the court

overturn Roe v. Wade? - Well, if we put another two,

or perhaps three justices on,

that's really what's going to be.

That's what'll happen and that'll happen automatically,

in my opinion

because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.