Florida is one of at least 30 states where lawmakers this year are considering a variety of measures limiting abortion or providing rights to unborn children.
But, unlike in previous years, the proposals most likely to succeed in Florida are those that do not involve abortion itself, a reversal some observers believe may be a reaction to state voters’ overwhelming rejection of a proposed constitutional amendment in 2012. That proposal would have banned public funding of abortion and eliminating the state constitution’s right to privacy in the case of abortion.
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SB 1056, HB 395: “Florida for Life Act” would make abortions illegal except when the life of the woman is at risk.
SB 1072, HB 845: “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” would make abortion illegal if it is based on the gender or race of the fetus. Health care providers would have to swear that an abortion is not being performed because of the race or gender of the fetus or face a $10,000.
SB 876, SB 759: “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” would make death of an “unborn child” a separate crime from any offenses against the mother, even if the perpetrator did not know the woman was pregnant.
SB 1636. HB 1129: “Infants Born Alive Act” would require health care practitioners to provide medical care to an infant born alive after an abortion; terminate rights of parents in the event of an infant born alive after an abortion; make it a crime not to provide care to an infant born after an abortion; and require clinics providing abortions to include the numbers of infants born alive in monthly reports submitted to the state.