A top donor to the University of Alabama is asking out-of-state students to stay away from the school as a way to protest the state’s ban on abortions.
Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a Florida business executive, said he believes the boycott would affect Alabama negatively and state lawmakers would need to quickly change the law, Inside Higher Ed reported Wednesday.
“Sweet home Alabama?” Culverhouse said, according to AL.com.
Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most restrictive abortion law in the country May 15.
Doctors cannot perform abortions unless the procedure is necessary to “prevent a serious health risk,” according to CBS. Health officials who break the law could face a maximum of 99 years in jail.
Culverhouse also urged businesses outside the state to protest, AL.com reported.
“All foreign and U.S. international firms that do business in Alabama should boycott,” Culverhouse said. “It would get the law changed quickly.”
“All foreign and U.S. international firms that do business in Alabama should boycott. It would get the law changed quickly.”
— AL.com (@aldotcom) May 29, 2019
The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, school renamed its law school in honor of Culverhouse after the businessman made a $26.5 million donation, Inside Higher Ed reported. The university, however, is considering giving back the funds to Culverhouse over a dispute unrelated to the abortion law.
Nearly 57% of the more than 38,000 University of Alabama students come from outside the state.
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