Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Ultrasound Bill

The Florida legislature passed HB 1127 by a 81-37 vote. A text summery of the bill.

Requires that ultrasound be performed on woman obtaining abortion; requires that ultrasound be reviewed with patient before woman gives informed consent for abortion procedure; requires that woman certify in writing that she declined to review ultrasound & did so of her own free will & without undue influence; provides exemption from requirement to view ultrasound for women who are victims of rape, incest, domestic violence, or human trafficking or for women who have serious medical condition necessitating abortion; provides grounds for disciplinary action for failure to comply with such requirements; provides rulemaking authority to AHCA.

The bill is merely designed to be anti-choice. Women will have to pay for ultrasounds regardless of whether or not they wish to see the results. Women who have been raped can only opt out of seeing the ultrasound if they obtain "a restraining order, police report, medical record or other court documentation." Women have to prove they were rape raped not to see an ultrasound they never asked for. Can't you just feel the compassionate conservatism?

Republicans in the Florida legislature know that the Florida Democratic Party is so bad at winning election that they do not fear political consequences.

“What are we scared of? Are we scared of women discovering there is a heartbeat?” asked Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, in the floor debate.

Republicans want to guilt women. If that doesn't work then they will make women deal with more bureaucracy and increase medical costs. This is the party that bills itself as less government. I have a hard time believing Florida Republican politicians care about the unborn when they let KidCare go bankrupt.

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