I feel like I always have to preface my posts with “not to ruin your Friday or anything…” but this is another one of those circumstances. And yes, you read that headline correctly. Nope, you aren’t in a time machine: this is 2010, and someone is actually proposing this.
According to the Jacksonville Observer: “Sponsored by Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, HB 1097 would criminalize most abortions now allowed under state and federal law, increase penalties for physicians who perform such services and require pregnant women to receive more information on adoption. The bill was filed Wednesday, the same day that right to life groups made the trek to Tallahassee to meet lawmakers and rally support.
Except in cases where a woman’s life is considered in danger, doctors who perform abortions would face first degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison and civil fines. Van Zant’s measure makes clear its intent to invalidate Roe V. Wade and drastically reduce the number of abortions allowed.”
What the actual fuck. This probably won't pass, but the fact that it's even been introduced is disheartening. We'll be keeping a close eye on this.
To write to Representative Van Zant, click here.
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