A bill that would ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, without exception for rape or incest, was introduced late last week in the Florida state House. State Representative Charles Van Zant (R), a former Baptist minister, is sponsoring the bill, called the "Florida for Life Act". There are currently no House co-sponsors and there is not a Senate companion bill, according to Tallahasee.com.
The bill explicitly prohibits "inducing, performing, attempting to perform, or assisting in induced abortions." It also states that the US Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey should be reconsidered because they "subordinate the unalienable right to life to a "liberty" interest devised by man which is inconsistent with, and cannot supersede, the right to life given the peoples' accepted source of authority for all unalienable rights. A liberty right to abortion denies the authority of the Creator in all matters of life, and the people through the exercise of their right of self-government have the sovereign authority to regard all human life with the highest reverence."
Stephanie Kunkel, Director of Planned Parenthood Florida, claims the bill is "totally unconstitutional" and WOULD BE "the most rigid and inflexible ban on abortion in the United States [because] not only does it ban abortion. It also has absolutely no exceptions for rape or incest," reported the Pensacola News Journal.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .