An anti-abortion bill that would ban abortions after an embryonic heartbeat is detected, around six weeks, and allow citizens to sue doctors who perform them, modeled on the SB8 abortion ban in the United States. Texas, premiered in Florida on Wednesday.
Filed by Republican Rep. Webster Barnaby, the bill allows people to sue practitioners and others who help people seeking abortions for up to six months after abortion, compared to just four months allotted in Texas SB8. The implications of the bill have alarmed many concerned about the role of anti-abortion lawsuits.
Previous attempts to pass such restrictive abortion laws in Florida had failed, but the Supreme Court’s decision not to block Texas anti-abortion law sparked new attempts to pass anti-choice legislation in Florida. across the country. In addition to Florida, Republican leaders in at least five other states have said they want to pass legislation similar to the Texas abortion ban.
After the widely criticized Supreme Court ruling, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Republican lawmakers echoed their support for the bill and their interest in replicating it in Sunshine State.
“I have always fought for unborn babies and their right to life, and the Florida House of Representatives has been a national leader in developing pro-life legislation,” said the Speaker of the House of Florida, Chris Sprowls, via a spokesperson in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling. . “Our laws must be strong enough to pass several levels of judicial review. We look forward to bringing in a bill that will save all possible unborn lives. “
Barnaby’s office did not return a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Florida Democrats have condemned the new legislation, including Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who announced his bid for Florida governor next year against DeSantis.
“This bill is dangerous, radical and unconstitutional. The hypocrisy of this governor’s attempt [Ron] DeSantis and the Republicans in the state legislature for denying us our rights while preaching “my body, my choice” when it comes to wearing masks is absolutely disgusting, “Fried said in a statement.