Florida Republicans Race To Ban Abortion Under Guise Of Protecting Kids From Tobacco

On the first day of the new legislative session, Florida Republicans proposed bills in both houses of the legislature banning abortion at 15 weeks — which is really 13 weeks, since pregnancies are dated to the beginning of a woman’s last menstrual period, which is usually two weeks before ovulation and fertilization.

The law includes no exception for rape or incest and imposes new reporting requirements on doctors who provide medical or surgical abortion care.

But wait, there’s more. Because they’re sticking it in the middle of a bill which is supposedly about “revising the purpose and requirements for the Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Program” to “reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among youth, adults, and pregnant women, and women who may become pregnant.” 

The other slice of bread in this shit sandwich is a mandate for continuing education for hospitals that provide obstetrical services and a $260,000 allocation to establish “fetal and infant mortality review committees.” But the real meat of this bill is the “15 week” ban on abortions except to save the life of the pregnant person or in the case of a fatal fetal anomaly.


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