Larry Stutts

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Larry Stutts
Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office
2014
Preceded byRoger Bedford, Jr.
Personal details
Born
Larry Collins Stutts

May 1954 (age 64–65)
Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jackie Stutts
Children4
ResidenceTuscumbia AL
Alma materAuburn University
ProfessionPhysician
WebsiteOfficial website

Larry Collins Stutts (born May 1954 in Sheffield, Alabama)[1] is a member of the Alabama State Senate. He represents the 6th district, which includes Colbert, Franklin, and parts of Marion, Lawrence, and Lauderdale Counties. He was first elected in 2014, beating incumbent Roger Bedford Jr.

Biography[edit]

Before entering politics, Stutts graduated veterinary school in 1979 and moved to Columbus, Georgia to practice. He soon moved back to his hometown of Cherokee, Alabama. He later graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama and began to practice obstetrics and gynecology. He has delivered over ten thousand babies.[2]

Political career[edit]

Stutts, a Republican, campaigned against incumbent Senator Roger Bedford, a Democrat, on a platform to repeal "Obamacare-style" regulations in Alabama. Following a recount, Stutts won by a margin of about 70 votes.[3]

Alabama State Senate District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Stutts 17,641 50.06%
Democratic Roger Bedford Jr. 17,574 49.87%
Independent Write Ins 27 0.07%
Majority 67 0.19%
Total votes 35,242 100.00%

In 2015, Senator Stutts introduced a bill to repeal two laws. The first relating to notifying patients of dense breast tissue following a mammogram and the second requiring insurance companies to provide mandatory minimum hospitalization time following a woman giving birth, 48 hours for vaginal delivery and 96 hours for cesarean section.[4] This second law, commonly referred to as Rose's Law, was unanimously passed by the Alabama Legislature following the 1998 death of Rose Church ten days after she had given birth while attended by Stutts.[5] The attempted appeal of Rose's Law made national news following disclosure that Church had been Stutts' patient at the time of her death.[6] Senator Stutts withdrew the bill from consideration stating "neither the bill nor today's decision is related to any patient case I have had during my medical career."[7]

In May 2019, he voted to make abortion a crime at any stage in a pregnancy, with no exemptions for cases of rape or incest.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Stutts". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Meet Larry". Senator Larry Stutts. Stutt for Senate. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Brandon Moseley. "Stutts Wins Recount in District 6". ALReporter.com. Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "'No reason' for some women's health care laws, says male senator". WBRC. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Kaminsky, Johathan. "Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient". Reuters. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Wilson, Reid. "Alabama state senator trying to end law enacted after death of one of his patients". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Whitmire, Kyle. "Alabama lawmaker withdraws controversial bill to repeal women's health standards". Alabama Media Group. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Durkin, Erin; Benwell, Max (May 15, 2019). "These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama". The Guardian.

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