Leading the charge on this bill is House District 7 Republican candidate and President of Florida Right to Life Lynda Bell. Bell, a fervent supporter of protecting the unborn child's life, believes bills like these could set an important precedent that other states could follow.
"We are forgetting about the humanity of the unborn, and we are thinking we can continue to wipe away generations of children," Bell told RoundTable Politics. "We think that the most compassionate thing you can do for the mother of the child is help her find another solution. Other than helping her kill a baby, how can we help your baby live?"
Bell, who is running for the vacant seat in HD 7, is passionate about protecting constitutional rights, particularly the right to life. As President of Florida Right to Life, she has dedicated much of her public service to bringing awareness to the millions of unborn children who never get the chance.
Moreover, she has been a vocal opponent of states like New York and Virginia, who are making it easier for pregnant women to have an abortion -- allowing doctors to perform an abortion moments before birth.
"In states like New York, states like Virginia, you're seeing this happen. You're going to have similar proposals in New Mexico and Massachusetts. You're going to see this radical, leftist's pro-abortion legislation permeate the nation, Bell said about states expanding abortion rights.
"Governors like Cuomo literally have blood on their hands."
In New York, so long as a licensed practitioner acts in "good faith," a baby can be murdered in the womb up to birth in order "to protect the patient's life or health." The word "health" is not clearly defined within the legislation, leaving it open-ended. According to the language, this could include mental health.
"A health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner's reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient's case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health," reads the legislation.
Virginia is also trying to pass similar legislation, which would loosen restrictions on late-term abortions and encourage infanticide.
Bell, however, is hopeful that Florida will be the gold-standard when it comes to making the child's life a top priority. She believes bills like Sen. Baxley's can keep the Sunshine State from becoming another left-leaning state that allows a living life to be executed.
"Abortion doesn't liberate; abortion enslaves," says Bell.
Bell and other legislators in Florida are setting an important precedent that other states could adopt to combat pro-abortion laws like the ones we see in New York and Virginia. 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.