Joe Biden bad-mouthed Florida lawmakers Friday for passing a bill that would protect thousands of unborn babies from abortions every year, claiming the legislation is “dangerous” and killing babies in the womb is “health care.”
Biden, a Democrat described as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history, issued the statement on Twitter after the Florida legislature passed the 15-week abortion ban Thursday.
“Last night, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature passed a dangerous bill that will severely restrict women’s access to reproductive health care,” the president responded. “My Administration will not stand for the continued erosion of women’s constitutional rights.”
The opposite of dangerous, pro-life advocates say the pro-life legislation will protect up to 5,000 babies from brutal, late-term abortions every year. After 15 weeks, the most common abortion method is a D&E, or dismemberment abortion, in which the unborn baby is torn limb from limb while their heart is still beating. It also will protect mothers. Even abortion activists admit that abortions become more dangerous for women later in pregnancy.
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The legislation, which Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign soon, bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk or the unborn baby has a fatal disorder. It also includes measures to reduce infant mortality and a requirement that abortion facilities report suspected human trafficking cases to the state.
Currently, abortions are legal up to 24 weeks in Florida.
Democrats and their allies in the abortion industry have tried to portray the bill as extreme, and Vice President Kamala Harris echoed this claim in a separate statement Friday.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Harris described the bill as “extreme by any standard,” adding: The right of women to make decisions about their own bodies is non-negotiable. If signed into law, Florida’s bill would violate the constitutional right to abortion that the Supreme Court has recognized for nearly 50 years.”
Contrary to Harris’s claims, the 15-week abortion ban is moderate both in terms of public opinion and other countries’ laws. Most countries in the world prohibit or strictly limit abortions after 15 weeks, including most European countries. The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.
Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson said they chose the 15-week point because of the likelihood that it will be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and save lives, according to Politico.
Right now, Roe v. Wade forces states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to viability. However, the Supreme Court is re-considering this precedent in a case about a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi. A ruling is expected this summer, and because of the conservative majority on the high court, many hope the justices will uphold the law and allow states to protect unborn babies again.
On Friday, DeSantis confirmed he will sign the pro-life bill into law.
“I think that protections are warranted, and I think that we’ll be able to sign that in short order,” the Florida governor said. “These are protections for babies that have a heartbeat, that feel pain.”
A recent Associated Press poll found a strong majority of Americans believe abortions should be illegal in the second and third trimesters. According to the poll, 65 percent said most or all second-trimester abortions should be illegal, and 80 percent said most or all abortions should be illegal in the third trimester. Another poll from Marist in January found that 71 percent of Americans want abortions to be illegal or more strongly limited.