Following in the path of Alabama, a Florida state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to ban abortions throughout the state.
State Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, said God spoke to him and urged him to craft the bill, WFLA reports. Earlier in the year, he filed a bill to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat was detectable, but Hill said he felt that it was not right.
“As plain as day, God spoke to me,” Hill said Thursday. “He said, ‘That wasn’t my bill,’ talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. He said, ‘That wasn’t my bill.’ I knew immediately what he was talking about.”
Hill’s heartbeat bill would have allowed abortions prior to six weeks, as well as in cases of rape, incest, human trafficking and domestic violence, according to Newsweek. His new bill will not include those exceptions.
“[God] said, ‘You remove those exceptions and you file it again,’” Hill said. “And I said, ‘yes Lord. I will. It’s coming back. It’s coming back.’ We are going to file that bill without any exceptions just like what we saw passed in Alabama.”
Here’s more from the report:
Hill said he only placed those exceptions into the bill to increase the chances of it passing.
According to the News Journal, Hill said his bill — including the exceptions — would have passed in Florida’s Senate as he had 21 confirmed votes out a 40 member chamber. He believed every Republican in the House would also have voted in favor of the bill.
However, the bill did not move forward in committee. Hill said lawmakers made “health care, transportation and the Everglades” higher priorities this year.
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“All of that, you know, which are important, but life is of preeminence import. Without life, you won’t even have a need for all this other stuff,” he said.
It is not clear when he plans to introduce the legislation.
Last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a pro-life law that bans abortions completely in the state. Exceptions are allowed when the mother’s life is at risk. On Friday, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit to block the state from enforcing the legislation.
Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Mississippi and other states also passed heartbeat laws recently, but all are being challenged in court. In March, a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s new heartbeat bill.