Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Slippery Slope

Via the Tampa Times:

Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a near-total ban on abortions in the state, plus a second bill placing new requirements on doctors who perform abortions.

By an 8-3 vote Monday afternoon, a House criminal justice panel voted to advance the more sweeping legislation (HB 865), which would make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Just hours earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated its longstanding ruling affirming women’s right to the procedure.

“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,” said Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, the bill’s sponsor.

He has put forward similar legislation for seven years, but it had never before been considered by a committee, the first step required to pass a bill into law, until Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, agreed to consider it Monday. Trujillo, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, did not discuss the bill during debate and left the committee room afterward without commenting.

“The Legislature finds 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,” the bill says.

I don’t see any provision in the bill to pay for the lawsuits that will undoubtedly be filed to overturn this blatantly unconstitutional law if Gov. Scott signs it.  Which means the taxpayers of Florida will be on the hook for it.

Also, isn’t total control of women the first step down the road to Sharia law?  Are these legislators ready to embrace radical Islam?

5 barks and woofs on “Slippery Slope

    • Putting “The Creator” in that bill is a clear sign of putting a religious preference into law, which violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution as well as Section 3 of the Florida State Constitution.

      As a Florida resident, this horrifies me.

    • these legislators are ready to embrace Christianist Law, I tell you that.

      the best explanation why this bill is coming to the floor now, after three previous years in committee, is that this is a big election cycle with the entire state up for vote – President, key Senate seat, revamped Congressional and State Senate districts due to the Fair Districts lawsuits – and what’s happening is that the Far Right powers in the legislature want a purity test in place to see who is loyal to the cause and who’s a RINO. Any Republican voting against this is going to get primary challenges (that vote is in August I believe), so that means a high likelihood of this getting to Gov. Scott’s desk for his signature. And Scott is already looking at his chances for his planned Senate run in 2018 (he’s term-limited as gov): he’s going to want the base in his pocket when he tries that. So the odds are high this will become law… and then we’re going to get bogged down in another 4-5 years of freaking lawsuits in state and federal courts.

      • On top of what you note, PaulW, my suspicion is that they’re trying to get to the U.S. Supreme Court so the Nine can take a swipe at reversing Roe v. Wade. But the way this bill is written, especially with the nod to the Sky Faerie, SCOTUS would knock it down for violating the Establishment clause, not because of anything to do with Roe v. Wade. They’re trying to drive a thumbtack with a wrecking ball, and I’d be surprised if after pissing away all the money on legal costs, SCOTUS even takes the case.

  1. I remember the bad old days when women could not legally get abortions. Let us not go backward! Desperate women will do desperate things.

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