Florida lawmaker wants to stop men from voting on measures to protect unborn babies from abortion.
Lauren Book, a pro-abortion Democrat and state senator, recently introduced a state constitutional amendment that would ban Florida lawmakers from restricting abortion unless at least half of the legislators are women, according to the New York Daily News.
Because Book’s bill, state Senate Bill 60, is a constitutional amendment, it would have to be approved by state voters as well as the legislature.
“No vote about us without us,” Book told the Tallahassee Democrat. “Seeing what state legislatures across the country have done, I believe it is time to stand up and fight to ensure women have access to comprehensive health care and family planning.”
But abortion is not health care or family planning. It is the destruction of a living, unique human being. Florida lawmakers have considered several pro-life measures this year, including a bill to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable and another requiring parental consent for minors before an abortion.
Book’s radical measure seems highly unlikely to pass, but even if it does, it could backfire. Though efforts to restrict abortion have been called a “war on women,” even writers at the liberal New York Times admit that many women, as well as men, are working to end abortion.
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Polls consistently find that most women support restrictions on abortion. A poll by McLaughlin and Associates in 2019 found that women were more likely than men to oppose late-term abortions. And a 2018 Gallup poll found little difference of opinion between men and women on the issue.
“Various studies have shown that there is not a significant difference between men and women’s views on abortion,” according to The Hill.
Abortions affect both men and women, and both deserve a say in the highly controversial matter. An abortion destroys the life of a unique, growing human being – a child created by two people, the mother and the father. And no one should be excluded from a debate about human rights.