State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, says he filed House Bill 321 because he's pro-life, a devout Catholic and based on the scientific evidence, he believes you can have a debate on when a child can feel pain and when that fetus is viable.” His bill, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would not allow a woman to have an induced abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
A bill containing a slew of anti-abortion rights measures, including a highly controversial fetal pain provision, is on its way to a final vote on the House floor.
A new Current Biology study finds a fetus does not feel pain until 35 to 37 weeks of gestation — yet another piece of evidence that debunks the science behind a set of laws that have made their way through state legislatures that limit access to abortions when the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.
A bill that was already being described as a way to pass a slew of anti-abortion rights measures all at once has just absorbed another bill. This morning, in a House health committee meeting, an omnibus anti-abortion bill was amended to include a “fetal pain” measure that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks.
This past legislative session, Florida was among a handful of states that sought to limit access to abortions when the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. The reasoning behind such restrictions was based on scientifically disputed claims that a fetus can feel pain starting at 20 weeks. According to Mother Jones, a pair of Harvard researchers studied the bills and have found that they are neither “neither scientifically nor constitutionally sound.”
In an interview with The Florida Times-Union, the sponsor of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks said he introduced the bill because as a society we do not want people to feel pain.”
An omnibus anti-abortion bill containing a slew of anti-abortion rights measures, including a highly controversial “fetal pain” provision, has been placed on tomorrow's special order calendar - which means the House may be placing a final vote on the bill by the end of the week.
A bill that has been described by critics as a “clean-up bill” written to include several anti-abortion measures that did not pass in the GOP-led Florida Legislature last year, passed in the Florida House today in a 78-33 vote.
It has been a big year for Indiana's war against abortion. One of the state's legally contentious laws that will soon take effect has gotten little attention so far. The law requires doctors administering an abortion to tell women that life begins at fertilization and that a fetus can feel pain at or before 20 weeks gestation.
One of two anti-abortion bills that passed through a justice committee in the state House this morning would grant a legal right to a rapist, Democratic members of the committee argued today.
Last week, five Republican presidential nominees signed a pledge promising to not just check off the pro-life box but show true pro-life leadership if elected president. Only three of those asked to sign the pledge — Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain — declined to do so.
After having to temporarily close its doors to thousands of patients, Planned Parenthood of Indiana can now reopen to Medicaid beneficiaries. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood this past week over Indiana's new law aimed at defunding the chain of women's clinics. However, unintended consequences from the law have already put women's health at risk in the state.
Mississippi's state Legislature this week passed a bill that would place prohibitive restrictions on abortion providers in the state, in an effort to curb access to legal abortions. The Florida Legislature attempted to pass a similar bill this year that would crack down on providers, but the measure was blocked by a group of state senators before it could make it to the floor.
Despite last session's onslaught of legislation aimed at cracking down on legal abortions in the state , the Florida Legislature did not pass a single anti-abortion bill during the 2012 legislative session. Ten anti-abortion bills were introduced this year.
According to a press release from Personhood USA issued today, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood have appealed to the state Supreme Court in their challenge to Mississippi's controversial Personhood Amendment.
State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, has put three anti-abortion bills on the state Legislature's calendar for tomorrow.
The 2011 National Right to Life Convention kicked off in a riverfront Hyatt in Jacksonville this morning. Though a scattered group of protestors picketed the event outside, the mood inside the conference center was optimistic and upbeat.
Democratic legislators joined the Democratic Women's Club of Florida at the capitol today to denounce the Legislature's continued attack on services for women and children.
Today, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Florida Senate blocked an effort to take a controversial anti-abortion bill out of committee for a final vote in that chamber.
Three bills that would restrict access to legal abortions in the state passed a state House health committee yesterday.
Last week, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, followed through on his announcement that he would bring back a bill that bans abortion in the state of Florida, providing only an exception to save the life of the mother. Van Zant's bill would make performing an abortion a felony.
A women's health report released by the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates this week shows that women, particularly women of color, in Florida are facing mounting health problems related to unintended pregnancies and HIV.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has issued a video statement on the three anti-abortion bills set to be heard this afternoon in a state House health committee.
Presidential candidate Herman Cain became one of the last GOP presidential candidates to sign an anti-abortion pledge created by the Susan B. Anthony List. Mitt Romney is now the only candidate who has not signed the promise.
Last week, North Carolina's state Senate passed its Woman's Right to Know Act — a bill that will require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortion services, require them to view and hear a description of an ultrasound and require providers to give women printed information about risks associated with the procedure. The measure is similar to a Florida bill approved by the Legislature this year.
Though presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has insisted he is opposed to abortion, Michele Bachmann is again criticizing him for failing to sign a pledge drawn up by the Susan B. Anthony List. Both Romney and fellow Republican candidate Herman Cain declined to commit to the pledge, which also went out to Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Since the beginning of this year, states around the country have enacted a total of 162 laws aimed at limiting reproductive rights and health.