UPDATE: The House panel has voted in favor of the ban.
An extremist in the Florida GOP who's pushed to make performing an abortion a felony for years is at it again.
Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, is proposing to make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
He's put forward similar legislation every year since 2010, but it has never before been considered by a committee, the first step required to pass a bill into law. That changes at 4 p.m., when the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, will hear debate on the bill (HB 865).
"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.
It goes on to say that "personal liberty is not a license to kill or otherwise destroy any form of human life," and that the state has an interest in stopping abortions, unless the safety of the mother is in question.
It's likely that Van Zant's proposal, if passed by the Legislature, would lead to lawsuits citing the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade. That became even more likely Monday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an abortion ban in North Dakota.
Van Zandt is also famous for his view that implementing Common Core in Florida was really just a program designed to secretly “attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.”
But yes, this is the brilliant man who wants to make women's medical decisions for them, and no doubt the rest of the party will do their best to help him.
Because they're the "pro-life" party, the same party that not only thinks women have no right to make their own medical choices, but also thinks those same women and their children, in the womb or out, also shouldn't have health care, period, or any means of support after birth because bootstraps. They're the party who thinks that a "license to kill" is only a right afforded to anyone who has a gun, or happens to be an oil and gas company who pollutes the water with fracking fluid and also happens to fill their pockets with cash.
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