Florida House approves ban on abortion of fetuses with disabilities

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Florida House on Friday approved a ban on what some lawmakers call “Disability Abortion.”

If the bill goes into effect, doctors would face abortion charges for an abortion based on a diagnosed physical or mental disability of a fetus.

Legislators spent two hours debating the measure, with proponents citing the policy as a way to combat what they consider modern eugenics.

“The Nazis had a sentence for this: They called it a life unworthy of life,” said State Representative Tyler Sirois.

Critics of the legislature consider such a ban to be unconstitutional.

“This government has nothing to do with a doctor-patient relationship,” said State Representative Geraldine Thompson.

Several House Democrats shared personal anecdotes about pregnancy complications.

“If this law had passed, I might not have been able to make that decision,” said State Rep. Robin Bartleman. “That was my decision.”


Republicans countered with personal testimonials about what can happen if a pregnancy comes to term.

“I was one of the first babies to survive the operation, which allowed many more children with the same or similar deformities as me to survive,” said Secretary of State Elizabeth Fetterhoff.

The House of Representatives bill stands in front of a wall in the Senate that is not even intended for a single hearing.

State Rep. Fentrice Driskell hopes it will stay that way.

“As far as I know, the Senate didn’t have much interest in this bill,” Driskell said. “So I don’t think we’ll see this on the governor’s desk. I also think that it has so little to do with the reality of so many Floridians. “

But suggestions like this one have a habit of sticking around. The Parental Consent Act was passed by the House of Representatives for several years in a row before finally getting through the Senate.

The Parental Consent Act has also been called unconstitutional by Democrats, though no legal challenges have been raised since it was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last year.

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