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Florida Wants Abortions Punishable By Life In Prison

Florida Wants Abortions Punishable By Life In Prison

Well that didn’t take long. Following right behind Mississippi in the march to criminalize women’s health care, Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant (R) has proposed a measure that would make it a felony punishable by life in prison except when a doctor meets very specific conditions designed to make sure no abortions are performed.

Among the conditions a doctor would need to meet, and therefore a woman is subjected to are:

  • certification in writing by two physicians that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of a pregnancy is necessary to prevent the death of the patient;
  • two doctors certify in writing to the fact that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of a pregnancy is necessary because to continue the pregnancy would unreasonably reduce the likelihood of successful treatment of a life-threatening disease of the patient; or
  • a doctor certifies in writing that a medical emergency existed and another doctor was not available for consultation prior to termination of the pregnancy and that medical condition must be “clearly described.”

The measure also mandates that doctors provide some women and minors who have been treated by the facility with information regarding adoption and a statewide list of attorneys available to provide volunteer legal services for adoption. If a doctor fails to meet these requirements, or provides abortion services in any other case including rape or incest they would face the possibility of the rest of their life behind bars.

The proposal is obviously unconstitutional. But that’s not the point. The point is to pass it and force a legal challenge and, hopefully, create a ruling that allows some of these measures to stick until another restriction passes and finally, ultimately, abortion is legal in name only.

One more note- should you need any more evidence that the hard right views women’s lives as disposable, look at the second bullet. In the case of an abortion to start or continue life saving treatments, such as chemotherapy, two doctors must agree, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that continuing the pregnancy would unreasonably reduce the success of those treatments. Unreasonably reduce. That means, essentially, that only if not one but two doctors agree that it is nearly certain continuing a pregnancy would kill the mother facing a life-threatening illness, only then can an abortion happen legally and without a doctor facing the rest of his or her life in prison.

It’s going to be a long year.

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1:46AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

I want to see what happens when some state wants to apply the same procedures to something related to men's health. Even if you applied the standards to something elective and non-essential, I suspect the world would be in an uproar. Women and men of conscience need to make sure that we push constantly for real equality...

3:19PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

What's so wrong with this? It's killing a baby. Isn't that murder? Of course! And murder requires justice. As opposed to being thrown back to the middle ages, we're finally coming around and deciding... WOW!... killing a human being is MURDER! It's taken us a long time...

Even the abortionists know this is wrong. Former abortionist, David Brewer, M.D., said, "My heart got callous against the fact that I was a murderer, but that baby lying in a cold bowl educated me to what abortion really was."

10:21AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

What the heck is going on? I feel like we're being thrown back into the middle ages.

11:16PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Disturbing, thank you.

9:18AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

What is going on down there???

7:08AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

provides abortion services in any other case including rape or incest they would face the possibility of the rest of their life behind bars

I'm utterly disgusted by this statement alone, If i get raped or incest occurs (i'm assuming its also rape) and i get pregnant i'm FORCED to carry this thing. Yes i said thing. How effin' dare you tell me i have to carry a baby that is a constant reminder as i get bigger with the pregnancy about the rape, and to give birth. If you want to then fine so be it, that's your CHOICE. but to FORCE a woman or even a teenager to do that is mind boggleing, beyond words of how wrong this is.

STOP MESSING WITH MY RIGHTS AS A PERSON AND A WOMAN!

11:13PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

FL SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF THE US. THEY ARE SO STUPID WITH THEIR LAWS AND CROOKED POLITICIANS THEY ELECT. I LIVED THERE FOR 8 YEARS AND IT WAS THE WORST 8 YEARS OF MY LIFE. I LEFT FL 6/16/2011 AND MOVED TO WA STATE.

I WOULDN'T EVEN ACCEPT A FREE VACATION TO FL THAT'S HOW MUCH I HATE THAT STATE.

10:12PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Not sure how I missed this!

Wow. Something has to change and soon or all of our rights as women are going to come under fire. Someone with the common sense the gods gave geese needs to step up and say no to these regressive clowns who want to set back women all the way to the middle ages!

I have said before I thought calling the religious right, the taliban, was wrong but it's not! How did we, under Bush jr, go to war, to fight religious nutcases, come back thinking: "Oh hey! They were right! Let's put our women back down where they belong!"!
Must have!

If you think I'm wrong and you're female; then either you don't know the history of womens' rights in the US and you need to educate yourselves. Or you are so blindly pro-life/right wing/tea bag wingnut that, personally, I say you're too willfully ignornant to reality that you disgust me as a fellow woman.

Looks like we're headed into a future not only Orwellian but taliban inspired.

10:03PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Frightening! What next?

6:13PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

All those Cotton Tops down there need to be worried about Medicare and Social Security. They need to quit trying to push that Evangelical crap on the rest of the world. They are not taht different from the Taliban, trying to suppress freedoms and overturn modern progressive values.

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