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Pro-life legislative successes continue, Florida Gov. signs 24 hour waiting period

by | Jun 11, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Florida State  Rep. Jennifer Sullivan

Florida State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan

Adding to the 2015 pro-life run of legislative successes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott yesterday signed HB 633—a 24 hour waiting period– into law.

As NRL News Today explains elsewhere today, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam added his signature on Wednesday to long-sought pro-life policies, including informed consent provisions for women and girls considering abortion, a 48-hour waiting period, and a requirement that abortion facilities in the state be inspected and licensed.

Pro-abortionists lambasted the reflection period as an “undue burden” on the “right” to abortion, a bogus charged rebutted by numerous members of the Florida legislature which easily passed HB 633 in April.

For example, House sponsor Rep. Jennifer Sullivan said, “This isn’t changing access; it’s not shutting down clinics,” adding, “The purpose of this bill is to empower women to make an informed decision, versus a pressured, rushed, unexpected one.”

Sullivan also explained, “It’s just common courtesy to have a face-to-face conversation with your doctor about such an important decision — especially for such an irreversible procedure as an abortion.” Enactment of HB 633 “means women will be empowered to make fully informed decisions.”

Florida State Senator Sen. Anitere Flores

Florida State Senator Sen. Anitere Flores

During the debate in the Senate, Sen. Anitere Flores, one of the bill sponsors, told her colleagues, “One day to reflect upon the risks of abortion, one day to view an image of the unborn child’s ultrasound image, and one day to consult with friends, family and faith are minimal considering the effects that will remain for a lifetime beyond that irreversible decision.”

According to the Miami Herald

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, shared a story about his wife, Victoria, who was advised to have an abortion while pregnant with their daughter.

“I’m glad she had 24 hours to think about it,” he said. Erin Gaetz is now 29 years old.

The HB 633 measure had large support in both the Florida Senate—where it passed 26-13—and the Florida House—which gave its approval on a vote of 77-41.

In 2011 Gov. Scott signed a bill requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion. “You should have the opportunity to see an ultrasound of your child,” Scott said at the time. “It’s your choice. You don’t have to. This creates choice. I think it’s very positive.”

Last Friday, North Carolina joined Utah, Missouri, and South Dakota as states that provide for a 72-hour period of reflection before women finalize a life and death decision. Oklahoma’s identical waiting period goes into effect in November.

According to NRLC’s Department of State Legislation, 23 states have 24 hour waiting periods; three states have 48 hour waiting periods; four states have 72 hour waiting periods; and one state has an 18 hour waiting period.

Categories: Legislation