The H-B 235 bill was filed last week in a new legislation
Florida Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The H-B 235 bill was filed last week, and in addition, it would make it a third-degree felony for doctors to fetal with a heartbeat.
It would also expect physicians to complete an analysis for the heartbeat before informing the woman seeking the abortion that a heartbeat was detected.
The woman would also need to sign a form acknowledging she was told about the heartbeat before deciding to go ahead with the abortion.
The new legislation would establish an “unborn fetus” as an “unborn human being,” ultimately aligning with pro-life groups.
Exceptions included in the legislation involve allowing abortions if continuing the pregnancy would jeopardize the pregnant woman’s life.
Or would avert a severe risk of irreversible physical impairment of the woman.
Rep. Mike Hill, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said he filed the legislation to fulfill his constitutional oath.
“My oath said that I would protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life is the first one,” Hill told WFLA.
He said that fetal heartbeats are typically found after about 18 days.
According to EpochTimes: Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, said that they’re usually found after about six weeks.
Current Florida law allows abortions up to 24 weeks.
“We think we can start overturning a lot of these abortion rulings that are killing the unborn,” he said.
If the legislation passes through the Legislature in Florida, it would likely be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who pledged in 2018 to sign such a bill if he was elected.
Legislation protecting fetuses who have detectable heartbeats have been introduced in some states but don’t appear to have been implemented in any of them.
They’re generally known as heartbeat bills.
In the latest case, a heartbeat bill was passed by both the Ohio House and Senate but vetoed by outgoing Gov. John Kasich, who said the reason he vetoed the bill was that he thought it would be struck down by the courts.
“As governor, I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio’s protections for the sanctity of human life, and I have a deep respect for my fellow members of the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life,” Kasich said in a statement on Dec. 21, 2018, following the veto.
“However, the central provision of Sub. H.B. 258, that an abortion cannot be performed if a heartbeat has been detected in the unborn child, is contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion,” he said.
The Ohio bill also contained exceptions for medical emergencies and included a rule that a physician would need to meet with the pregnant woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure to “give her an adequate opportunity to ask questions about the abortion.
But according to wfla: Kimberly Scott with Planned Parenthood calls the heartbeat bill, “the most dangerous bill that we have seen for reproductive health in the Florida legislature.”
“They spend millions of taxpayer dollars to defend this type of legislation in the courts,” Scott said.
“This legislation is not in effect anywhere because it is so blatantly unconstitutional.”
Similar laws passed in three states were blocked by the courts. A nearly identical bill was vetoed in Ohio.