Florida Committee Passes Bill to Ban Almost All Abortions: “Both Mother and Baby are Citizens”

State   |   Conor Beck   |   Jan 27, 2016   |   12:15PM   |   Tallahassee, FL

Florida lawmakers made it clear on Jan. 25 that protecting unborn babies is an extremely important priority for the state, and one that is gaining momentum.

This week, the state lawmakers considered Florida House Bill 865, which would ban all abortions except if the mother would need one to prevent serious injury. The bill, which failed to receive a vote for the past six straight years, was approved by the state House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in an 8-3 vote Monday, according to the Herald-Tribune.

The bill would make it a felony to perform an abortion or operate an abortion clinic in Florida, the report states.

It is one of the most pro-life pieces of legislation to ever come up for a vote in any state, something even the bill’s supporters admit is daunting. Florida state Rep. Ross Spano expressed that his support could cause him trouble winning re-election in his swing district, but he is fighting for the unborn anyway.

“I have to act on what I believe, notwithstanding what the consequences might be,” Spano said.

State Rep. Charles Van Zandt of Keystone Heights, Florida, has filed this legislation for the past seven years, according to the report.

The bill recognizes that both the mother and the baby are citizens of the state of Florida … and we are therefore compelled to protect their lives,” Van Zandt said.

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Van Zandt said he believes the bill is constitutional and addressed concerns of privacy with the bill. He explained that “personal liberty is not a license to kill or otherwise destroy any form of human life,” so the state of Florida has a legitimate reason to become involved in protecting unborn babies.

However, even if the majority of Florida’s House and Senate agreed with this interest, the U.S. Supreme Court would most likely prevent the state on acting on it. As LifeNews recently reported, the Supreme Court refused to review overturned pro-life laws in Arkansas and North Dakota that would have banned abortions upon detection of a fetal heartbeat and at six weeks gestation, respectively.