By Brett Wilkins | 12 January 2022
Progressives on Wednesday condemned a bill introduced in Florida’s GOP-controlled Legislature that would ban abortions after 15 weeks—with no exceptions for incest or rape—as the latest salvo in Republicans’ nationwide attack on reproductive rights.
“There is nothing ‘reasonable’ with controlling decisions about my pregnancy,” Florida state Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D-47) fired back on Twitter.
Florida’s 15 week abortion ban has been filed — and of course they’re trying to brand it as NOT being an abortion ban. That’s because Republican members know that abortion bans are extreme and not supported by the majority of our state or country.
Be ready to fight. pic.twitter.com/dc7IDbTL1j
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) January 11, 2022
“I want folks to know, any new restriction on abortion is extreme,” Eskamani asserted, according to WPTV. “The fact that there are those out there trying to make 15 weeks look moderate is complete trash.”
The reproductive rights advocacy group Florida Planned Parenthood Action tweeted that “the governor’s stance on abortion, not to mention healthcare policy in general, is inconsistent, frustrating, and dangerous for the people of Florida.”
“There is nothing ‘reasonable’ about a ban on safe and necessary medical care,” the group added.
Florida officials behind Gov. Ron DeSantis react as the governor pledges his support for a 15-week abortion ban. pic.twitter.com/AwZEZsKxeh
— The Recount (@therecount) January 12, 2022
Florida state Sen. Gary Farmer (D-34) noted that “a 2017 survey found that women had to wait nearly eight weeks to get an appointment with an obstetrician in Miami,” and that “many women don’t even know they are pregnant until seven weeks.”
“This means that Florida’s proposed 15-week abortion ban would eliminate any bodily autonomy for many women,” he warned.
U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal called S.B. 146 “cruel, dangerous, and totally unacceptable.”
“We can’t trust Donald Trump’s Supreme Court to uphold the constitutional right to have an abortion,” she said, referring to the former president’s appointment of three anti-choice justices to the nation’s highest court.
Last month, after upholding S.B. 8, a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for incest or rape—and empowering vigilante enforcement—the Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That case, which involves Mississippi’s law, “will decide the fate of abortion rights in the U.S,” according to the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The chaos is already unfolding. Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and Ohio have already introduced #SB8 copycats.
If SB8 is upheld, even more states will use Texas as a roadmap to roll back reproductive access. SCOTUS needs to strike down SB8. https://t.co/SJicuwEuID
— Women's March (@womensmarch) January 12, 2022
Faced with the prospect of a historic rights rollback by the Supreme Court’s right-wing supermajority, Democrat-led states from Vermont to California are taking proactive steps to safeguard reproductive rights.
Advocates are also pressuring the U.S. Senate to codify Roe at the federal level by passing the House-approved Women’s Health Protection Act, which could require reforming or abolishing the filibuster given opposition from not only Republicans but also anti-choice Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Bob Casey (Pa.)
“It’s time to end the filibuster,” Jayapal said Wednesday, “and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.”
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