Last January, Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant’s “Florida for Life Act” didn’t make it to the floor for a vote, despite the overwhelming number of anti-choice members in the legislature’s history. Now, after an election that has made it clear that people believe women’s reproductive rights aren’t up for a vote, Van Zant is bringing back his favorite annual proposal.
Yes, the “Florida for Life Act” is back and chocked full of abortion-banning goodies:
Abortion: Creates “Florida for Life Act”; provides legislative findings; prohibits induced abortions; prohibits operation of facility for purpose of providing abortion services; prohibits termination of pregnancy unless specified conditions are met; requires informed consent; provides exception; provides standard of care if fetus is viable; requires that fetal remains be disposed of according to specified standards; excludes specified procedures from application of requirements; repeals provisions relating to termination of pregnancies & abortion referral or counseling agencies; repeals Partial-Birth Abortion Act; requires statewide list of attorneys providing volunteer legal services for women with unwanted pregnancies who would have selected abortion, if lawful, rather than adoption; provides that all federal moneys received by state as result of efforts made by Office of Adoption & Child Protection be used for specified purposes; provides restrictions on use of state & federal funds for state exchanges that provide coverage for induced abortions & termination of pregnancies under certain conditions; provides certain provisions only take effect if other provisions are declared unconstitutional or had enforcement enjoined; provides that certain repeals & amendments in act may be void in other such circumstances.
There comes a time when you have to wonder what it will take to make a politician finally let go of a bill that is shot down year after year, regardless of how many abortion opponents are in the legislature.
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Still, you have to give Van Zant credit for one small change. This year, he introduced his bill on the anniversary of Roe. Classy.