Florida House Passes Heartbeat Bill, Sends It to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Desk

Florida’s Heartbeat Safety Act is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for signing.

On Thursday, the Florida Home of Representatives handed the heartbeat invoice in a 70-40 vote. The invoice prohibits most abortions after a child’s heartbeat is detected at six weeks of being pregnant.

“Florida lawmakers at the moment delivered a serious win for infants and moms and an enormous step ahead for the Sunshine State,” Katie Daniel, state coverage director for Susan B. Anthony Professional-Life America, mentioned in an announcement Thursday.

“Unborn infants are human beings with beating hearts at six weeks’ gestation,” Daniel mentioned, including that after a child’s coronary heart begins to beat, there may be greater than a “90% likelihood of surviving to delivery. The Heartbeat Safety Act displays these scientific info and the consensus of 62% of Floridians – together with majorities of girls and Independents – that these susceptible youngsters deserve safety. Not solely will this compassionate invoice save tens of 1000’s of lives straight by defending infants from abortion violence, it additionally offers $25 million in assist for mothers.”

The Florida Senate handed the invoice on April 3 in a 26-13 vote. DeSantis, a Republican, has beforehand mentioned he was “able to signal” a heartbeat invoice in Florida, based on Nationwide Evaluate.

Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, mentioned her group “applauds the Florida legislature for passing the Heartbeat Safety Act, life-affirming laws that protects infants after their heartbeat is detectable and offers important assist to ladies and households in want dealing with surprising pregnancies. This invoice’s development offers Gov. DeSantis a major alternative to behave upon the desire of the individuals in Florida and defend the state’s most susceptible residents.”

Deliberate Parenthood Motion responded to the information on Twitter, writing, “Florida lawmakers simply banned abortion after 6 weeks of being pregnant, pending the governor’s signature. That is earlier than many individuals even know they’re pregnant, severely limiting abortion entry throughout the state.”

Abortion advocates declare that the cardiac pulses detected at 6 weeks’ gestation don’t characterize a heartbeat, noting that ultrasounds don’t detect the 4 chambers of the guts till round 17 or 20 weeks. Nonetheless, the exercise does characterize the circulation of blood within the child and the early coronary heart is forming at the moment.

Along with defending the unborn, the invoice, often called SB 300, additionally offers $25 million in support to pro-life being pregnant facilities to assist ladies throughout and after being pregnant. 

“By passing SB 300, the Florida Legislature is representing the values of Floridians by defending life from heartbeat,” Jessica Anderson, govt director of Heritage Motion for America mentioned in an announcement. “The passage of this laws marks an necessary victory for Floridians and the American individuals, and it highlights the sharp distinction between conservatives’ affordable strategy to defending life and the Left’s excessive drive to normalize and have a good time ending the lives of unborn youngsters.”

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