House Dem women speak out against 6 anti-abortion bills up todayby Dara Kam | April 27th, 2011
The Florida House will vote on six anti-abortion measures today, prompting the chamber’s Democratic women to hold a press conference in opposition to the bills.
The GOP-dominated legislature is considering 18 anti-abortion measures this session, part of a trend by legislatures throughout the country.
Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said she is the mother of three grown children by her own choice.
“It was not a choice that was imposed upon me by the government,” Thompson said. “After several minutes of heavy breathing by the man, the woman has nine months to carry.”
Freshman Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, said she gave birth to her daughter when she was just 16 years old and a junior in high school.
“It was a decision between myself, my family and my God,” Cruz said. “That should remain a decision between a woman and her God, not a woman and her government.”
The bills include proposals to require women to have an ultrasound and listen to a description of the fetus before having the procedure (HB 1127), similar to one vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist last year; that would make it harder for teens to get a judge to allow them to have an abortion without their parents’ approval (HB 1247); that would bar private insurance companies from providing abortion coverage (HB 97); and that would impose restrictions on abortion providers critics say would shut down nearly every clinic in Florida.