Florida Senator (R-Obvs.) Charles van Zant introduces the Florida Life Act year after year after year. I knew that it was a wildly unconstitutional bill, but I’d never realized just how unconstitutional it was until I read it just now, and boy howdy — it’s so unconstitutional it actually made me laugh out loud.
HB 395 prohibits abortion (making performing one a felony); it prohibits operating abortion services (so running an abortion clinic would be a felony); it sets out medical standards of care for physicians (the sort of thing that probably should be left to medical professionals, not wingnut politicians); and it relieves any conscientious objector from participating in the termination of a pregnancy (the sort of thing that, again, should be left to employers (hospitals and clinics and the like), and not wingnut politicians.)
The bill also has pages of mumbo jumbo about how all human life comes from the Creator; how “personal liberty is not a license to kill an innocent human life under any provision of the United States Constitution”; how Florida is going to do what it wants because self-government, that’s why; and how the Supreme Court is a bunch of stupid-heads whose decisions in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe are so wrong that Florida shouldn’t even have to pay attention to them (although the bill does politely ask the Court to overturn those decisions, sua sponte, I guess.)
It’s basically a “screw you, you’re not my real dad” bill, which is cute because the Supremacy Clause is your daddy, Florida.
There comes a time when you have to wonder what it will take to make a politician finally let go of a bill that is shot down year after year, regardless of how many abortion opponents are in the legislature.
Indeed.[image via] [cross-posted at ABLC]