Florida Republican Lawmakers Are Doing Their Best To Make Abortion A Felony
On Monday afternoon, Republican lawmakers in Florida voted to advance a terrifying piece of legislation that, among other things, will make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
According to Rep. Charles Van Zant, the sponsor of the bill HB 865, “The bill recognizes that both the mother and the baby are citizens of the state of Florida..and we are therefore compelled to protect their lives.”
The Miami Herald reports that Van Zant has long been a proponent of legislation like this. In order for a bill to begin its wondrous journey towards becoming a law, it needs to be considered by a committee. This is the first time something like this has been considered. The language of the bill is as much of a shitshow as you’d expect, stating that “all human life comes from the Creator, has an inherent value that cannot be quantified by man, and begins at the earliest biological development of a fertilized human egg.”
In addition to HB 865, another proposal that made it through(HB 1411) requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privilege and to transfer all patients who receive abortions to a hospital after the procedure is performed. The bill also includes language that targets clinics and how they should handle fetal remains, thanks to a viral video that alleged Planned Parenthood was selling remains instead of disposing of them properly. A grand jury in Texas(!) on Monday indicted the two anti-abortion activists behind those videos.
Never mind that these pieces of legislation are a direct violation of a woman’s right to choose and unconstitutional to boot, as long as abortion is legal, people will do what they can to stop it. But, these bills probably won’t get very far. As evidenced by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a North Dakota abortion ban, these most likely won’t make it into law, either.