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Abortion bills proof GOP wants to “turn the clock back” on women, Dems say

by John Kennedy | May 13th, 2014

A pair of abortion bills approved by the Republican-led Legislature and expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott are more evidence the party wants to “turn the clock back,” on women’s rights, three Democratic leaders said Tuesday.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was joined by Rep. Lori Berman of Lantana and Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief now running for Orange County mayor, in condemning the legislation (HB 59 and HB 1047).

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Wasserman Schultz called the measures “extremist” and examples of “tea party-infused legislation.”

Berman said the legislation was unnecessary. “Women make decisions to terminate pregnancies for a variety of reasons, and never are these decisions done lightly,” she said.

The Democrats, though, said they held little hope that Scott would veto the legislation, which passed the Legislature on mostly party-line votes.

One bill (HB 59) would allow separate criminal charges for the death of a fetus no matter what its stage of development was when a crime was committed against its mother. The other measure (CS/HB 1047) could effectively reduce the time period that a woman could legally have a late-term abortion by several weeks.

Rep. Lori Berman

Republican lawmakers during debate this spring called the bills “common sense” measures.

The legislation setting tougher penalties for harming a fetus was dubbed the “Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and stems from a Tampa case where a young woman six weeks pregnant, Remi Lee, was given pills by a former boyfriend, causing her to abort.

The bill would expand a law that already allows a separate manslaughter charge for a fetus that could survive outside the womb.

It also would toughen penalties for anyone convicted of a crime resulting in the death of a fetus, allowing murder charges to be leveled in cases where a fetus was considered viable, and lesser criminal charges in other cases.

The other bill would require a doctor to examine a woman wanting an abortion and refuse to perform the procedure if fetal viability was determined. Supporters of the bill have said that could prevent abortions around the 20th week of pregnancy, whereas Florida law currently bars most abortions following the 24th week.

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6 Responses to “Abortion bills proof GOP wants to “turn the clock back” on women, Dems say”

  1. rebar Says:

    Yes, Debbie and Lori, what a horrific “turning back of the clock” to protect an unborn child from violence!! A true sign of an enlightened and sympathetic society, with elevated morals, is one in which the most vulnerable individual withtin it is protected and cared for. Is there a more vulnerable individual than an unborn child? Abortion is barbaric and selfish.

  2. raber Says:

    Yes, Debbie and Lori, what a horrific “turning back of the clock” to stop a woman and her right to choose!! A true sign of an enlightened and sympathetic society, with elevated morals, is one in which the most vulnerable individual within it is protected and cared for. Is there a more vulnerable individual than an woman? Abortion is a right and a choice that only a woman can make.

  3. rebar Says:

    raber

    You mean a woman’s right to kill. Don’t sugarcoat it, speak plainly and truthfully. The unborn child is more vulnerable than the mother who should be protecting her child, instead of having it ripped out of her and thrown in the garbage, beating heart, thinking mind and all.

    You’re right about the “choice” part. Every woman has a choice of whether or not they will act humanly and be a mother or cruely/selfishly and thing of herself only.

    To you pro-deathers, everyone has a right to choose, except for the unborn child.

  4. bar reinforcing Says:

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  5. Tedderman Says:

    If you have not walked in every woman’s shoes than you don’t know or understand her reasons. If you weren’t alive when abortion was not a safe and legal option then maybe you don’t know it still happened. But instead of a malformed or severely retarded child being terminated, the mother died. Adding these restrictions to abortions won’t make it safer.

  6. @ From my friend etc Says:

    I will not take any type of moral leadership from the republicans and there’re lack of concern for children, the sick, the handicapped, and the elderly. They are an abomination to God with their selfish holier than though attitude. Either preaching their narrow minded view of God or hiding behind the flag like the cowards they are.

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