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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.

amy March 03, 2012 at 12:13 AM
There should be full information waiting period. Many women are scared to have their baby and then lied to that it is only a peice of tissue. It is only right women have full knowledge of what they are choosing. It is amazing how abortionist don't want women to hear the baby's heartbeat because they know 95% will not abort. If you are are prochioce then give all information. Too many women latter on see unborn baby images and it is DEVASTATING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Racheal for informing women!!!!
Terri Robinson March 03, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Nice to know that women are now second class citizens and that our socialist-muslim run government can't stay out of our business. If a woman wants to abort; let her, its her body and NOBODY should tell her what to do with her body. The socialist-muslim government needs to cut corporate greed and lowered gas prices and quit worrying about a womb.
Brenda Osborne March 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Another assault on women's rights. ONLY the woman has the right to make the decision to have an abortion. Republicans' mantra of small government are only words as they want to be in your bedroom and make the most personal of decisions for you. Hopefully, burgen will not be reelected....she surely will not get mine.
Jery Elliott March 04, 2012 at 02:36 AM
It is unfortunate that a women would put forth a bill that can only harm other women. Then again, what do you expect from a snob that has been indoctrinated by an evil college education (according to her party mate Ricky S.). She is an evangelical christian who attended Moody Bible College where I am certain she attained an education that was very liberal and free of bias. Just another tea-party hose-bag with no experience in the real world who thinks she can tell the rest of us how to live. I am embarrassed to have her as my representative.
Jery Elliott March 04, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Wow .... what an amazing display of being pissed off at BOTH sides of the argument and still being mistaken. I agree with the first half of your statement. It is and should be a womans right to choose. However, if by "socialist-muslim government" you are referring to the Obama administration .... they are the ones fighting to keep the choice in the hands of women. It is the republican tea party christian right (Rachel Burgin being a prime example) that is trying to take this choice away.
Jery Elliott March 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Please Brenda ... let your words turn into actions. Rachel Burgin only found her way into politics because she happened to be in the right place at the right time (for her). She lacks the education or experience to be representing anybody!
Jery Elliott March 04, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I have news for you amy .... until it exits the body as an independently breathing human being ... it is just a "peice of tissue". That is not a lie ... actually it is more like a parasite living off its host. Unless you yourself have had to make this choice and go through this medical procedure ... shut your yap and allow the educated adults to speak.
Scottrey March 04, 2012 at 11:56 AM
the circus must be back in town as the resident clown Jerrry is back. First off, check the facts, nearly 90% of women who have had abortions regret their decision sometime after. Another fact, over 90% of women who have an ultrasound before an abortion end up keeping the baby. No matter what lies Jerrrrry says here, it is a life from inception, it is living and is human. People like to forgo responsibility for convenience.
Jery Elliott March 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Please do share with us the source of these percentages. I assume it's a talking point straight out of Fox and Friends because I searched for these numbers (or anything close to them) and simply cannot find them or where you could have gotten them. So please do us a favor and share your sources ... or STFU and quit making things up out of the blue.
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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