Florida lawmaker introduces bill similar to Texas abortion law


A Republican lawmaker in Florida has proposed a bill that may forestall physicians from performing most abortions after round six weeks of being pregnant — earlier than many ladies know they’re pregnant. The bill, filed by state Representative Webster Barnaby, is similar to the controversial law just lately enacted in Texas.

Under the bill, anyone who efficiently sues an abortion supplier beneath the law could be entitled to gather at the least $10,000, to be paid out by the offending doctor. Similar to the Texas law, anyone apart from state officers are empowered to sue suspected abortion suppliers and people who knowingly assist somebody in in search of an abortion.

Physicians can solely be efficiently sued as soon as for every abortion they supply, which means a number of events wouldn’t find a way to file separate lawsuits and gather financial damages for a similar process.

Unlike the law in Texas, Barnaby’s bill permits exemptions for abortions within the occasion of rape, incest, home violence, human trafficking, or a well being situation that threatens the mom. But documentation is required to get hold of the exemption. 

“The state of Florida has a compelling interest from the outset of a woman’s pregnancy in protecting the health of the woman and the life of the unborn child,” the bill states.

Representative Anna Eskamani, a Florida Democrat, known as the proposed laws a “gross excuse of a bill” that “attacks women and birthing people.”

“Extreme attacks on reproductive health are not about policy, it is about control, shame, and will negatively impact communities who already experience barriers to accessing care,” Eskamani tweeted on Wednesday.

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson just lately known as the Texas law “a new approach” and the Supreme Court ruling “encouraging.” Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this month informed reporters that he welcomes laws to limit abortions, CBS Miami reports. DeSantis in July additionally signed a quick together with 9 different Republican governors asking the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade choice.

The Texas law, often called S.B. 8, went to impact on September 1, changing into probably the most restrictive abortion law within the nation. The Supreme Court didn’t rule on the law earlier than it went into impact, however then, in a 5-4 choice the day after, selected not to block enforcement of the law why litigation towards it’s pending.

The majority opinion acknowledged that the plaintiffs, a gaggle of abortion suppliers, “have raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law at issue,” they selected not to block its enforcement on procedural grounds. 

Both S.B. 8 and the proposed Florida law depart enforcement up to residents bringing forth civil fits, making the law tough to problem in courtroom as a result of it may be unclear who the defendant must be in such a case. 

Melissa Quinn and Jordan Freiman contributed reporting.