After scolding, second anti-abortion bill headed to governorby Dara Kam | May 5th, 2011
After being scolded by two Republicans, the Florida Senate sent to Gov. Rick Scott a second abortion bill this morning that would require women to have an ultrasound before they get an abortion.
Sen. Evelyn Lynn harshly rebuked her colleagues for wasting time with emotional issues and failing to do enough to create jobs and boost the economy.
“I didn’t come up here to come and tell you what you must do with your bodies,” Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, said. “I don’t want to have to continually talk about these issues on this floor when I have people pleading with me to help me please find money to keep my lights on…I will vote for every one of those bills. That’s not why I came up here. And I will vote no not only on this bill but every other bill we have on abortion. It is the wrong thing for us to be discussing and taking endless amounts of time on.”
Sen. Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican, said she resented having to vote on the issue.
“I personally resent writing legislation that acts like I’m too stupid to confer with my own doctor on what I should do. This is not what we were sent up here to do. I have no intention of telling you my faith, my personal problems, and I frankly don’t want to hear yours either,” Detert said.
The ultrasound bill (HB 1127) is one of four measures making it harder for women to get abortions lawmakers have passed during the legislative session making it more difficult for women to get abortions. Last year, Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a measure similar to the ultrasound bill the Senate approved by a 24-15 vote, with three other Republicans joining Lynn in opposition. Gov. Rick Scott has said he would have signed the measure into law.
If Scott does, women would be required to have an ultrasound before they have an abortion – something that is already done. But they would also have to view the ultrasound and hear a description of it unless they refuse in writing.
Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, the father of a 6-year-old boy with Down Syndrome who sponsored a similar measure last year, said women should be fully informed before they make a final decision.
Gardiner, R-Orlando, said that pregnant women are told all of the problems that “a uniquely-abled, not disabled” child may pose.
“Is it too much to ask after you’re been told all of the things that baby will never be able to do, before you go to have the termination, just maybe one time, that mother, that family…maybe they see that ultrasound and they see a heartbeat and they see fingers and they see toes and they say wait a minute…just maybe they pause,” Gardiner said. “When you’re told all the bad things, just maybe you’ll see the good things.”