House passes six abortion billsby Dara Kam | April 27th, 2011
Voting mostly along party lines, the Florida House approved five measures that would make it more difficult for women to get abortions.
The chamber spent nearly five hours debating the measures that will require women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, make it more difficult for minor girls to get a judicial bypass for the procedure without parents’ consent, impose strict regulations on abortion clinics and ban some private insurers from providing abortion coverage.
“For many people this is a moral issue, this is a life and death issue,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, former executive director of the Florida Christian Coalition.
Republicans admitted the bills are aimed at reducing the number of abortions in Florida.
“What are scared of? Are we scared of women discovering that there actually is a heartbeat? Are we so terrified that a woman may look at this and discover that she really does believe in life and allow her to make a choice to preserve life rather than living the rest of her life knowing she terminated life?” Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, said about HB 1127 that would require ultrasounds before abortions.
“Stop putting ideological blinders on. Stop believing that the sky is green. There are so many different scenarios.
Why are we so afraid that a woman can’t make the between her, herself, her doctor, her god and her family? That’s what’s offensive,” said Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando.