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Riverview Rep.'s Abortion Bill Passes Florida House

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, would impose a 24-hour wait on abortions and other restrictions.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, that would impose a 24-hour wait on abortions and create other restrictions was passed by the Florida House on Thursday, the Huffington Post reports.

HB 277 amends Florida law to prohibit abortions after the fetus has attained viability (around 24 weeks gestation) and does not allow abortions after 20 weeks unless the doctor informs the woman how the fetus will suffer pain.

The bill would also implement a yearly ethics course for abortion doctors and require abortion clinics or physician’s offices performing abortions to report demographic information to U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Huffington Post reports.

"I ask you to vote for this bill, not because it is a 'pro-life' issue but because it really is an issue about women's health and an issue of women's safety," Burgin told members before the vote, according to this Reuters report via the Chicago Tribune.

The House voted 78-33 in favor of the measure, largely along party lines, the Marco Island Sun Times reports.

The bill is not without its critics. The ACLU of Florida called it "perhaps the biggest government invasion into the personal, private decision about whether or not to become a parent that the Florida legislature has brought forth in recent memory." Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood, said the bill is part of an "insidious war against women."

If passed in the Florida Senate, the bill goes into effect July 12, the Huffington Post reports.

Jery Elliott March 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
"People like to forgo responsibility for convenience." ... Really Scottrey? Is this what you think an abortion amounts to? The "convenience" of not having to carry a child to term? I am not a religious man ... but I pray you and your family NEVER have to make such a decision as to whether or not to carry a child to term and how to care for that child after they are born. . Sometimes in life the most responsible decision is to know what to do for the greater good of the individual and the family. How many child abuse stories do we have to hear about? How many starving children must there be? How many under educated families living in poverty must we contend with before people like you come to understand that NOT bringing a child into the world is sometimes the most responsible approach? . People like you want it both ways .... women cannot get birth control AND they cannot get an abortion. On top of that, your kind also wants to limit access to health care after the child is born. You want to limit access to education and opportunity for both the parents and their children. You want to limit access to food and medicine and housing for anyone that does not fit your personal ideal of the nuclear christian middle-class family. People like you make me sick!
Scottrey March 04, 2012 at 10:20 PM
First off, do not watch much TV, especially sensational news from either biased side. It is a shame that liberals always cry about Fox, that yes leans right, when they have cnn, nbc cbs, abc, msnbc.... The facts are out there, I say them in general as I do not remember the precise number, but between an OBGYN wife and support of local life care centers I am well versed. If you think they are different numbers, prove it. Me, I have a family and a job, do not have time to do your homework.
Scottrey March 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Convenience disguised as choice. "Sometimes in life the most responsible decision is to know what to do for the greater good of the individual and the family." So a baby is not part of your family if it comes when you do not expect it? I know you think it is a fetus, but we both know it will be a baby if allowed to go full term. I have no problem with women having birth control, I have a problem with government forcing it on people who do not adhere to the practice. The rest of your argument makes no sense as I have never said anything to the contrary, do not pigeon hole me son when you have no idea about me. If you have sex, there are consequences, pregnancy or STDs. People need to face them, not have a procedure and get rid of it like a bankruptcy. People like you who do not value life and only think of themselves make me sick. Get over it, get some values!
Jery Elliott March 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM
There is the problem in your argument -- "if it comes when you do not expect it". A couple (married or not) indulging in their individual freedom to engage in sexual activity should have the right to choose whether or not they will bring a child into the world. The first choice should be to have access to and use birth control. Unfortunately IN GENERAL politicians such as Ms. Burgin and conservatives such as yourself have supported the idea that women should NOT have access to birth control in certain forms. Scottrey --- you are actually arguing this point with me on another blog thread within this Patch. This may not invalidate your claim that you "have no problem with women having birth control" ... but it certainly waters it down. It is also unfortunate that IN GENERAL politicians such as Ms. Burgin and conservatives such as yourself are against gay and lesbian couples adopting the babies that come when theya re not expected. I do value life --- I value the fact that sentient beings are able to make decisions for themsleves about whether or not to have children and that we live in a world where modern medicine can allow individuals to freely engage in personal sexual activities safe in teh knowledge that they will decide for themselves whena nd if to have children. I may not know you individually (as far as you are aware) but based upon your comments on The Patch I have a picture of the type of person you are and what you believe in.
Jery Elliott March 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Sorry Rachel ... you done been blocked. http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/medicine/antiabortion-bill-blocked-in-senate/1218486 Now plesae shift your goals to jobs, funding, taxes and the things that will help the community as a whole (instead of hurting just a few).

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