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Florida abortion providers “at risk of being sued” as proposed controversial bill allows filing lawsuits for the wrongful death of an unborn child


Florida – The House Judiciary Committee has passed House Bill 651, a measure that has sparked a considerable amount of debate and controversy. This proposed legislation would enable parents to initiate civil lawsuits for the wrongful death of an “unborn child,” introducing a broad and contentious definition of an unborn child as “a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

The bill, sponsored by State Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka, aims to address the grief and loss experienced by parents, granting them the right to seek legal recourse. “We’re talking about the experience of the parents who have suffered a real loss,” Persons-Mulicka explained, emphasizing the intention behind the bill to provide a pathway for recovery for grieving parents.

However, the measure has faced strong opposition from abortion-rights advocates. Critics argue that it extends legal protections to an “unborn child” in a way that could place abortion providers and those assisting women in obtaining abortions at risk of being sued, alongside facing other potential criminal charges. This aspect of the bill has raised concerns about its implications on the availability of reproductive health services in Florida.

Representative LaVon Bracy Davis has voiced concerns that the bill could deter doctors from practicing in the state, potentially impacting the overall access to healthcare services, particularly those related to childbirth.

As the bill moves to the full House for further discussion, a similar proposal is making its way through the Florida Senate, awaiting one more committee’s approval before potentially being presented to the full Senate.

This legislative activity comes at a critical time as the Florida Supreme Court deliberates on a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at safeguarding abortion rights. With a decision expected by April 1st, the outcomes of these legislative efforts and judicial considerations will significantly influence the landscape of reproductive rights and healthcare in Florida.

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