Perhaps you've heard of this case called Roe v. Wade, which affirmed that women have the right to seek an abortion until a fetus is viable. Florida legislators are aware of the ruling, but since they don't agree with it, they've introduced a bill that blatantly violates the decision. The near-total ban on abortion in the state certainly won't stand, but lawmakers have packed it chock full of methods to take away a woman's right to choose, in the hope that some bit of it will wind up becoming a law.
The Florida Independent reports that last week, Republican state Rep. Charles Van Zant, an ordained Baptist minister, introduced legislation that would make abortion illegal in the state, even in cases of rape and incest. House Bill 1151 would create the "Florida for Life Act," and establish that, "all human life comes from the Creator, has an inherent value that cannot be quantified by man, and begins at conception." Therefore, a fetus must not be destroyed, even if you don't personally believe that the Creator exists and is responsible for the contents of your uterus.
The only exception would be when the mother's life is at risk, and in that circumstance several doctors would have to sign paperwork attesting to the fact that she isn't terminating the pregnancy simply because she doesn't want to accept the consequences of her whorish actions. The bill states:
A termination of pregnancy may not be performed unless:
(a) Two physicians certify in writing to the fact that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of pregnancy is necessary to prevent the death of the patient;
(b) Two physicians certify in writing to the fact that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of pregnancy is necessary because to continue the pregnancy would unreasonably reduce the likelihood of successful treatment of a life-threatening disease of the patient; or
(c) A physician certifies in writing that a medical emergency existed and another physician was not available for consultation prior to the time necessary to perform the termination of pregnancy. The physician's written certification must clearly describe the medical emergency.
If a doctor performs an abortion on a woman who isn't certifiably on the brink of death, that's considered a felony, and the physician could spend the rest of his or her life in prison.
In case this is a little too extreme for Florida legislators, they have plenty of other anti-choice legislation to choose from. Last year, Republicans introduced a record 18 bills attacking abortion rights. Now there's a variety of new legislation that could redefine the termination of a "viable fetus" as the death of an "unborn child," impose burdensome new legislation on abortion facilities, and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Altogether seven anti-abortion bills have already been introduced in the 2012 session. It's truly a promising start to the new year! (That is, if you think your personal beliefs should determine what other women are allowed to do with their own bodies.)
Van Zant Files All-Out Abortion Ban [Florida Independent]
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