Florida State Representative Charles Van Zant(R-Palatka) Files All-Out Abortion Ban, Suggests Life Imprisonment For Abortion Providers
from The Florida Independent:
House Bill 1151 would create the “Florida for Life Act,” a law that would essentially outlaw all abortions in direct defiance of legal abortion rights in the U.S.
According to a summary, the bill would prohibit “induced abortions,” the operation of a facility that provides abortions, the termination of any pregnancy “unless specified conditions are met.”
Van Zant’s bill (.pdf) states that “the Legislature acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that first among these is their right to life.”
The bill does not provide exceptions for rape or incest, either. It only provides an exception for a woman who is facing a threat to her life if she carries out a pregnancy. According to the bill, “woman’s life is a superior consideration to the concern for the life of the fetus and the woman’s health is a superior consideration to the concern for the health of the fetus when such life or health concerns are in conflict.”
While the bill does include an exception for any woman facing a life-threatening pregnancy, it does not include similar exceptions for victims of rape or incest. According to the language of the bill, this exception is due to the fact that a “woman’s life is a superior consideration to the concern for the life of the fetus and the woman’s health is a superior consideration to the concern for the health of the fetus when such life or health concerns are in conflict.”
Van Zant, an ordained minister, has proposed similar legislation multiple times, and his newest proposal becomes the seventh anti-abortion/reproductive-rights of the Florida House’s 2012 session.
(image courtesy of the Florida House of Representatives)
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Well, at least he’s philosophically consistent I guess.