Florida Lawmaker Introduces Pro-Life Bill Similar to Texas Law

'I’m pro-life...welcome pro-life legislation.'

(Headline USA) A Florida lawmaker introduced a pro-life bill on Wednesday that is similar to Texas’s recently enacted pro life law, which restricts abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Texas’s law is seen as a model for pro-life lawmakers after the Supreme Court declined to strike it down earlier this month, citing procedural reasons.

Because the law hands enforcement to private citizens rather than state officials, the court ruled that the abortionists who opposed it had no legal standing to sue until a plaintiff emerged to enforce the law.

The Florida bill, introduced by state Rep. Webster Barnaby, similarly allows private citizens rather than government officials to enforce the law by filing lawsuits against those who either perform or “aid or abet” abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

State Democrats have already come out hard against the bill, arguing that it poses a “threat” to women.

“We know that for those who don’t have means to leave the state of Florida to end their pregnancy that they will likely have nowhere to go, and they might seek unsafe options to end a pregnancy or be forced to carry a pregnancy to term that they do not feel like they can,” Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani, who previously worked for Planned Parenthood, said during a recent radio interview.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suggested he would be open to legislation similar to Texas’s, but does not “want to turn private citizens against each other,” according to his press secretary, Christina Pushaw.

“At the same time, nothing is off the table,” Pushaw said in a statement. “All the Governor has said is that he’s looking into what the best option might be in terms of legislation to protect life.”

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

The day after the Texas law took effect, DeSantis vowed to “look more significantly at [the bill].”

“I’m pro-life,” he said. “I welcome pro-life legislation.”

- Advertisement -


Biden Admin Admits to Secretly Smuggling Immigrant Kids into NY, Other States

President Joe Biden's administration was forced to admit it has been smuggling illegal immigrant minors into New York by plane at night, following a...

Sheriffs Reject Lightfoot’s Call for Backup as Chicago Police Quit over Vax Mandate

Two Illinois sheriffs said they would not send their deputies to fill in Chicago’s staffing shortages as Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot tries to force...

Illegal Immigration Arrests Highest They’ve Been Since 1986

Under the Biden administration, US Border Patrol arrests reached the highest levels this past year since 1986, according to recently released data from US...

McAuliffe Has Mid-Interview Meltdown, Tells Reporter to Ask ‘Better Questions’

With his once dominant lead in rapid decline against a political newcomer, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe---also the state's current Democratic gubernatorial candidate---stormed out...

CRAPO: Dems Attempting Bait-and-Switch w/ ‘Revised’ IRS Spying Scheme

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho blasted a revised Democrat proposal that would allow the IRS to track bank accounts of virtually every American by establishing...

Dems Block Bill to Protect Vax Holdouts from Losing Social Security, Gov’t Benefits

Democrats in the Senate this week blocked a bill by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., that would have prevented the government from mandating vaccines for...

Texas Gov. Abbott Splits w/ Conservatives over Property Tax Reform

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) After the third special legislative session ended, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement praising the accomplishments of the...

Poll Gives Mixed Report on NY Gov. Hochul’s Early Favorability, Re-Election Prospects

(Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square) A new Siena College poll that came out Tuesday shows mostly good news for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. However,...

NJ Launches Program to Give Tax Dollars to Illegals

(T.A. DeFeo, The Center Square) New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for $40 million in one-time payments for undocumented people living in the...
- Advertisement -