By Kevin Deutsch
A Florida representative filed the first Texas-style anti-abortion bill in the state legislature Wednesday, proposing a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
The bill, filed by Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, would fine physicians at least $10,000 for every banned abortion, permit lawsuits against those who help women get them, and revise Florida’s statutory abortion language to include the term “unborn child.”
Rep. Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs, called the proposed legislation “an extreme policy that would severely limit reproductive freedoms for Floridians.”
“It’s shameful that policies like this attack on individual rights would even be proposed, and I am committed to continuing to fight for access to healthcare for our residents, which includes access to safe and legal abortions,” Daley said.
Texas’ new abortion law bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and encourages enforcement via citizen lawsuits and fines.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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