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Linkins writes: "Weeks after the state of Alabama enacted one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, a Florida lawmaker is looking to follow suit - on the advice of God, according to him."

Reproductive rights advocates in front of the St. Petersburg Judicial Building to join a National Day of Action in opposition to abortion bans. (photo: Jenna Rimensnyder)
Reproductive rights advocates in front of the St. Petersburg Judicial Building to join a National Day of Action in opposition to abortion bans. (photo: Jenna Rimensnyder)

Republican Says He Will Bring Near-Total Abortion Ban to Florida Because God Told Him To

By Jason Linkins, ThinkProgress

26 May 19

Seems rather unlikely.

eeks after the state of Alabama enacted one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, a Florida lawmaker is looking to follow suit — on the advice of God, according to him.

Florida Rep. Mike Hill (R) will sponsor a bill similar to the one passed in Alabama, according to the Pensacola News Journal. Hill had previously sponsored a six-week abortion ban in an earlier Florida legislature session, only for it to get marooned in committee.

According to the Journal, Hill claims to have received instruction from God while delivering a speech at an anti-abortion rally earlier this year. Specifically, Hill says, God instructed him to remove any or all exceptions for “rape, incest, domestic violence, human trafficking or if the woman’s life is in danger” that he included in his previous bill:

“As plain as day, God spoke to me,” Hill said. “He said that wasn’t my bill, talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. He said that wasn’t my bill. I knew immediately what he was talking about. He said, you remove those exceptions and you file it again. And I said yes Lord, I will. It’s coming back. It’s coming back. We are going to file that bill without any exceptions just like what we saw passed in Alabama.”

Hill told a group in Pensacola on Thursday that he believes his revised bill will pass, and vowed to ignore the advice offered by his fellow Republicans, with an eye toward making his previous bill more acceptable, the next time around. That included offering the aforementioned exceptions, and allowing a woman lawmaker to be the public face of the bill.

“They said, ‘Well it seems to be accepted more, particularly during debate when a woman is presenting it,'” Hill said. “I said, wait a minute, a hundred percent of all pregnancies are caused by a man, so why can’t a man be involved in this? And that child that is there, 50% chance it’s going to be a man. Why can’t a man present this? That doesn’t hold any water with me at all.”

Hill has not indicated how his bill will aim to restrict the sexual and reproductive freedoms of men, if at all.

So-called “fetal heartbeat” bills seek to restrict the legal period during which an abortion is permissible under the law to a shortened window of time, typically five to six weeks. Women and gender minorities who aren’t actively planning to have children are normally not likely to detect whether or not they are pregnant in that time.

As HuffPost’s Erin Schumaker has noted, the entire notion of a “fetal heartbeat” that early in gestation is based on scientific illiteracy.

As Dr. Rebecca Cohen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Colorado, explained: “It’s not a fully formed heart like you would understand from looking at an adult or even a young child…It’s a very early structure. We can see it on the ultrasound, but it’s not a heart, a fully developed organ, by any means.”

Alabama’s abortion ban — signed into law last week — is not a six-week abortion ban. Rather, it makes all abortions a Class A felony, unless the health of the pregnant person is at risk. While people seeking patients are exempt from criminal and civil liability, doctors can be punished with up to 99 years in prison.

This year, eight states have passed laws limiting access to abortion. In this recent spate of attempts to curtail reproductive rights, lawmakers have leaned heavily on ideas that lack any basis in sound science and which would ordinarily indicate a dangerous lack of knowledge of basic human reproduction. In one such instance, Ohio state Rep. John Becker (R), arguing for a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from covering abortion in cases where the pregnant person’s life was not in danger, included language that would allow insurance companies to cover “a procedure for an ectopic pregnancy, that is intended to reimplant the fertilized ovum into the pregnant woman’s uterus.”

This procedure, a medical impossibility, has never been performed in human history.

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+2 # ddd-rrr 2019-05-26 10:24
"GAK!" Just how stupid can humans get?!
Apparently, 'Bublicans are capable of slipping so far into stupidity
that they are unrecognizable as thoughtful human beings!
Do please work to dump these 'Bublican jerks
in the next election, and elect
+3 # chrisconno 2019-05-26 11:00
And I suppose gob told him to foment war in Iran, bomb Yemen and execute black prisoners. Gob also told him to cut funding to help single mothers feed their children, cut school lunches and privatize medical care. So gob tells him only the rich are worth helping. Where do they find their gobs? And gob is not a typo.
+3 # BetaTheta 2019-05-26 12:28
Must be nice to have intimate chats with The Lord. As do ISIS folks whom He urges to behead infidels,
+1 # economagic 2019-05-27 20:55
And as Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell did, and as their sons still do. Most people who claim to have had conversations with invisible omnipotent beings are considered insane and are locked up for their own safety and that of others.
+2 # ChrisCurrie 2019-05-26 12:28
Republican politicians in general have no god but money (for themselves). Most of them have repeated voted to literally KILL tens of thousands of American men, women, children, babies, AND fetuses by denying them healthcare!
+2 # apotem 2019-05-26 13:51
What god? Mine - Spaghetti Monster - is pro-choice :))
+2 # Wise woman 2019-05-26 14:31
These ignorant man-children are really out of control with trumps backing. I wonder how many abortions he's funded to keep some woman quiet. Gotta sue the pants off these guys and never back down from giving them the power over women ever again. Enuf is enuf!!!
+2 # economagic 2019-05-26 20:57
Apparently Mr. Hill changed the channel before the Lord finished relaying his instructions. Abortion can only be banned if every person is required to undergo a minimum of ten hours of age-appropriate science-based sex education every year beginning at age five, and only if medical assistance and all known means of contraception are available upon request to any female who has completed at least the first course.
+1 # wilhelmscream 2019-05-27 08:03
Mike Hill is a liar.
0 # Robbee 2019-05-27 08:19
Republican Says He Will Bring Near-Total Abortion Ban to Florida Because God Told Him To
By Jason Linkins, ThinkProgress
26 May 19

- thank god! it's about time! god finally lays it all on the line! - how does it take god 45 years to get some skin in the game?

note that the pope suddenly equates non-wannabe moms and their docs to "hitmen" - thank god!

* note that this is not the same pope who let raped nuns get abortions! that was less god-fearing benedict!

** isn't allowing abortions for rape, incest, health of the mom and non-viability of the fetus a slippery slope? -

pretty soon won't you have pregnant women and their docs deciding who to abort?

and won't they go to hell quicker than ireland?

*** this is america! where police have no crime to do! - maybe now police and prosecutors will have something to do? to occupy their time? to chase formerly pregnant women around the country? arrest them? prosecute them? imprison them? - for god, at last giving the criminal injustice system something to do, thank god!

*** now what's this slop about god's "Near-Total" Abortion Ban? - is god shooting to amend "thou shalt not kill?" soften it up a bit? or just triangulating to get politically correct? and shore up god's popularity polling numbers?
0 # Robbee 2019-05-27 10:28
once upon a time god had really big ideas, with no exceptions, like “thou shalt not kill! period!”

now does god says it’s okay to kill, in rare instances?

now don’t godd’s people war and execute criminals and drone assassinate? and kill on a pretty regular basis?

when god doesn’t have any big ideas anymore …

god’s THE slippery slope!

when babies are born unable to live without excruciating pain for the whole of short lives? where is god then? does he have anything to say then?

does god say? “bye bye? miss american pie?”

does god say? “let my people go?”

in tough cases? like within 6 weeks? if a woman happens to know she’s pregnant? what does god say? “never mind?”

for god’s last word on fetal heartbeat bills? how can it be that god’s people still wait?

in the law there is a saying that - “hard cases make bad law!”

suddenly god seems to be all about making a whole lotta bad law!

god save us all!

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