Target: Florida’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chairman, Representative Carlos Trujillo
Goal: Do not make operating an abortion clinic or performing an abortion illegal.
Florida lawmakers are pushing forward two anti-abortion bills, one which makes performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a second bill which places new requirements on doctors who perform abortions.
Republican Representative Charles Van Zant, the first bill’s sponsor, states that the bill recognizes the mother and the baby are citizens of the state of Florida and therefore the state is compelled to protect their lives. He has pushed similar bills for the past seven years but all have been ignored by the committee until the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Carlos Trujillo, decided to consider the bill.
The bill says: “The Legislature finds that all human life comes from the Creator, has inherent value that cannot be quantified by man, and begins at the earliest biological development of a fertilized human egg.” It also states that “personal liberty is not a license to kill or otherwise destroy any form of human life” as well as saying that the state is interested in stopping abortions unless the life of the mother is in danger.
This bill, if passed, is in direct violation of the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade. Sign the petition below to urge the legislature to reject the ban.
Dear Chairman Trujillo,
I ask that you stop bill HB 865, which is a near ban of abortions in the state of Florida. The ban would be unconstitutional and, in the words of Representative Dave Kerner, “violates the rights of women on so many levels.” Banning abortions and abortion clinics will not stop women from performing abortions. Many women have died attempting to perform an abortion on themselves, simply because the law made it illegal.
Abortion clinics also have other services that greatly benefit women. These clinics will teach young girls about puberty and safe sex, and some clinics will even help women during their pregnancies, teaching soon-to-be-mothers how their body will change throughout the pregnancy.
The Supreme Court has already ruled the ban of abortions as unconstitutional back in 1973’s Roe vs. Wade case. The Supreme Court has also overturned abortion bans all over the country. If this bill passes and the ban is placed, the state will have to battle civil rights lawsuits that the state will most likely lose because of the Supreme Court ruling. I urge you to reject this bill.
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