Opponents, however, believe the legislation is an infringement up women, with many on the left claiming that Sen. Baxley's bill doesn't give women autonomy over their own body.
Sen. Baxley, however, believes that infanticide "has reached a crisis point in our nation’s history."
“The radical leftist movement of approving infanticide as a birth control measure has reached a crisis point in our nation’s history,” said Baxley. “The Fetal Heartbeat Bill and our effort in the Florida Legislature to protect life at every stage is needed like never before. I will look forward to standing with the leadership of Florida Right to Life as we share in the urgency of this action.”
Sen. Baxley will be joined at the conference by a host of co-sponsors, including Senators Ben Albritton, Doug Broxson, Manny Diaz, Antiere Flores, George Gainer, Joe Gruters, Travis Hutson, Debbie Mayfield, and Keith Perry.
The companion bill in the House, HB 235, was introduced by Representative Mike Hill. Joining him at the press conference will be Representatives Mike Beltran, Chuck Brannan, Cory Byrd, Nick Diceglie, Juan Fernandez-Barquin, Jason Fischer, Brett Hage, Stan McClain, Daniel Perez, Mel Ponder, Spencer Roach, Anthony Sabatini, David Smith, Charlie Stone, and Clay Yarborough.
The press conference will begin a 11:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the State Capitol.
If successful, the bill would also replace the term “fetus” in state statutes regarding abortion with the term “unborn human being.” The bill defines “unborn human being” to mean an individual organism of the species Homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth.
With these bills, Sen. Baxley and his co-sponsors are fighting to keep the Sunshine State from becoming another left-leaning state that allows a living life to be executed. Baxley and others are setting an important precedent that other states could adopt to combat pro-abortion laws like the ones we see in New York.
With this bill, Republicans in the Senate and House could save lives in Florida and in others states if legislatures decide to adopt this model.