Florida lawmaker’s bill would make abortion a felony with a max of life in prison — for the doctor
Never mind the fact that these continual attempts to slither around Roe v. Wade are unconstitutional, it hasn’t stopped pols around the country from attacking a woman’s reproductive freedom as if it should be the first order of business when our economy is in the crapper.
Look at Florida State Representative Charles Van Zant‘s (R, of course) bill, HB1151, the “Florida for Life Act.” It would make it a felony to perform an abortion (with very strict criteria for exceptions) and the doctor would potentially face life in prison. (The Florida Independent):
(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.
Van Zant, it may not surprise you, is an ordained Baptist minister and winner of the 2009 “Christian Coalition of Florida, Faith and Family Award” and the 2009 Florida Family Policy Council, Defender of Marriage Award. You can visit his Facebook page here.
My reaction to this bullsh*t — not just this pol’s naked attempt to curtail reproductive freedom, but all of these bills? The intellectual dishonesty is just tiring. Why aren’t the women, who are ostensibly there voluntarily for the procedure, in this man’s political crosshairs? Not that I want women going to prison, but I’m sick of the dance around abortion being deemed a murder when the person ordering “the hit” apparently has nothing to do with the crime when these womb controllers try to criminalize it by law. Either a woman is an agent of her own destiny or not. The implication is that she is no more than a birthing vessel whose decisions about her body must be determined by the state.
Hat tip, Think Progress Health.