Gov. Scott Signs Tougher Abortion Law

The new restrictions that ban late-term abortions were signed into law Friday, June 13, along with 93 other bills covering a variety of issues.

Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott

Florida women still have the right to choose, but they’re going to have to do so a little sooner.

Gov. Rick Scott has officially signed a new bill into law that restricts abortions once a fetus is considered viable, which is generally around 23 weeks of gestation. The new rule replaces the state’s prior ban on abortion procedures after the start of the third trimester.

While Scott spokesman John Tupps told the Tampa Bay Times the governor was happy to sign a bill that protects children, some are not so pleased with the measure. Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Sujatha Prabhakaran told the paper the restrictions could put women’s lives at risk if they face complications.

The new law essentially restricts abortions if a doctor deems a fetus could survive outside the womb, but does have an exception if the mother’s life is at risk or to prevent permanent damage to a mother’s major bodily functions, The Washington Post reported.

The new law goes into effect July 1.

Other measures signed June 13 include a bill that enables private companies to more easily sell flood insurance in the state, a bill that adds unsolicited text messages to the state's Do Not Call program and a bill of rights for homeowners who file insurance claims.

What are your thoughts about the state’s new abortion rules?

Nettle Greenman June 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Re adoption: I myself am adopted, and I know my biofamily as well as my adoptive family. I'm grateful my mother didn't have an abortion--although had she been able to obtain one, she probably would have. But adoption is not that easy an answer, either. I was fortunate enough to be a healthy white baby, and there are almost always homes waiting for healthy white babies. But that's not true for babies who are not healthy white babies. The majority of those children bounce around the foster care system, which can be a terrible way to grow up and often sets people up for a disadvantaged entire life. And as for giving up your baby, that is not an uncomplicated choice. The act of having given up a baby pretty much blighted the entire remainder of my mother's life and her family's as well. Adoption is a great and loving choice--but it is a complicated and painful one. Pregnancy is not a punishment and a mother shouldn't pay for that moment of conception for the rest of her life, IMO.
Nic June 14, 2014 at 01:08 PM
There are homes waiting for any babies - that is why people go to China to adopt. The baby shouldn't pay by being murdered.
Nic June 14, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Scott is supporting women's right to not be murdered.
Lane Shales June 14, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Too bad I have to go to another site to find out about "the other 93". Jeez.
Peggy Behnke July 09, 2014 at 09:04 AM
This is a good start to ending abortion on demand. Of course planned parenthood complains, and distorts the facts. They will lose some profits. When we kill our children, it is just a matter of time before we are killing all people who are dependent.


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