- [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,
- 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,
"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.