The debate surrounding abortion has been brought to the forefront of every American’s mind in the past year due to the sudden rise in pro-life legislation around the country. Not that long ago Texas passed “The Heartbeat Bill” which banned abortion once a heartbeat can be detected. Now Florida is passing legislation to restrict abortions as well.
According to a press release, the State Senate passed House Bill 5 which, if signed by the governor, will ban abortion after 15 weeks. This is a massive milestone and will prohibit many abortions in the State of Florida.
State Senator, Kelli Stargel said “We have a duty to protect life. This bill safeguards innocent, unborn children with beating hearts, who can move, taste, see and feel pain, In the half-century since the Roe v. Wade decision, science has shown us that an unborn baby rapidly develops the functions and form of a child long before viability. I am grateful to my Senate colleagues for their support and look forward to seeing this pro-life legislation signed into law by Governor DeSantis.”
The bill has few limitations, but there is an exception for “fatal fetal abnormality” which is defined as “a terminal condition that, in reasonable medical judgment, is incompatible with life outside the womb and will result in death upon birth or imminently thereafter.” In order to receive an abortion that would fall under the exception, two doctors must express the reasoning for the abortion in writing.
It’s no surprise that Vice President Kamala Harris was quick to comment saying the bill was “extreme by any standard.” She went on to say, “These efforts only strengthen our resolve: The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to do everything in our power to protect access to healthcare and defend a woman’s right to make decisions about her body and determine her future.” Her comments really exemplify the difference between Republican states and the Biden Administration.
Last night, the Florida Senate passed House Bill 5, which effectively bans access to abortions after 15 weeks. This bill is extreme by any standard. The right of women to make decisions about their own bodies is non-negotiable. https://t.co/Hshd44Mqhm
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 4, 2022
House Bill 5 is headed to Governor DeSantis where it is expected to be signed into law very soon. This is yet another huge win for Floridians and pro-lifers across the country.
Tonight the @FLSenate passed HB 5, increasing protections for unborn children.
"We have a duty to protect life. This bill safeguards innocent, unborn children with beating hearts, who can move, taste, see, and feel pain.” – @kellistargel
— FL Senate Majority (@FLSenateGOP) March 4, 2022