*All sides are weighing in on a controversial new bill that calls for an all-out ban on abortion in Florida – even in cases of incest or rape – with one of its co-sponsors, State Representative Dane Eagle of Cape Coral.
House Bill 865 would make abortion completely illegal in Florida. The only exception is if two doctors agree the mother’s life is in danger. It’s a bill that flies directly in the face of Roe vs. Wade – as it makes its way through the committee in Tallahassee.
By a vote of 8 to 3, a House committee advanced a bill that makes abortion in Florida illegal and makes operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony punishable by 30 years in prison.
“That really should not be anybody’s decision except the person in that situation,” said Christine Nordlund of Fort Myers.
Some lawmakers disagree as their bill says human life begins at conception. Abortions would only be legal if two doctors agree it could save a mother’s life.
“I’m against abortion and I would agree with outlawing it,” said Collene Biagini of Fort Myers.
Abortions would even be denied in the case of rape or incest.
“If a woman is raped, she has a right to abort that child,” said Karen Ebersole of Fort Myers.
The CEO of Southwest Florida’s Planned Parenthood, Barbara Zdravecky, calls the bill an all-out assault on women.
“Never before have we seen such aggressive action,” said Zdravecky. “And Dane Eagle who was one of the co-sponsors. He’s in your neighborhoods and so letting his office know that is not acceptable, and these women will vote.”
The bill has been introduced in past years, but never makes it to a vote. But this year, more legislators are signing onto it. But Dane Eagle told us he’s making no apologies for supporting it.
“I’m hardline when it comes to this issue,” said Eagle. “I think there is a lot of support for it and we look forward to seeing how far it advances.”
“This is something that is not going [to] pass Constitutional muster,” said Attorney Scot Goldberg. “This would be challenged constitutionally within days of this being passed if that were to happen.”
Many women would be led to believe that 1973’s Roe vs. Wade decision would prevail.
“I’m not either pro or con abortion, but I think everybody has the right to do with their body what [they] think is best,” said Dunia Sanchez of Miami.
Keep in mind – while the bill is gaining some support, it must go through more hearings before it’s voted on in both houses.
We also reached out to several other local legislators to find out if they support it – none of them chose to weigh in.*
Now, while this obviously sounds great, it’s more of a symbolic thing. If it is signed into law, it would likely be overturned real quick.