Women shouldn’t really have any say about their own lives. It’s all about the fetus!
Democrats in the Florida House rebuffed Republican attempts to pass a stringent anti-abortion law by shutting down the chamber’s business today.
The measure in question is an ultrasound requirement—similar to the one passed by Oklahoma on Tuesday—that would require an ultrasound on a woman prior to abortion, within the woman’s view, and with a description of the fetus’ development. It would go even further than the Oklahoma law in requiring that the woman also pay for her ultrasound.
The Florida measure came on the heels of some of the most aggressive anti-abortion legislation states have seen in recent years, including the bill in Oklahoma and an abortion ban in Nebraska.
The anti-abortion measure was an amendment to a larger health bill, HB 1143, tacked on yesterday during Senate consideration. “This language had not been previously discussed in the legislature,” says Mark Hollis, communications director for the Democratic Office in the Florida House of Representatives. “It was an 11th hour surprise.”