Following Supreme Court Ruling, Florida Republicans Announce That They Also Hate the Constitution
Florida State Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) announced on Thursday that lawmakers are “already working on” a “heartbeat bill” that they intend to take up during their 2022 legislative session. This marks the first official copycatting of Senate Bill 8 – the sinister “Texas Heartbeat Act” which bans abortions after six weeks without exceptions and deputizes private citizens to sue people who help patients obtain abortions – that the United States Supreme Court allowed to take effect in a 5-4 unsigned ruling on Wednesday despite its unconstitutionality.
Correspondent Evan Donovan of WFLA, a Tampa Bay affiliate of NBC News, tweeted that Wilson told him that “’there is no question’ the Florida legislature will consider an abortion heartbeat bill like Texas’ in this upcoming session. ‘It’s something we’re already working on.'”
NEW: Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson tells me “there is no question” the Florida legislature will consider an abortion heartbeat bill like Texas’ in this upcoming session.
“It’s something we’re already working on.”
— Evan Donovan (@EvanDonovan) September 2, 2021
Simpson, whose intentions are shared by State Representative Anthony Sabatini (R-Howey-in-the-Hills), is behaving smugly about it too.
“When asked to confirm his legislative intentions, Simpson sent a Times/Herald reporter the smiling sunglasses emoji,” noted The Tampa Bay Times. “Simpson did not elaborate” on the specifics of the state GOP’s plans, and “his office did not immediately respond to requests for comment,” the paper said.
Meanwhile, Florida State Assembly Speaker Chris Sprowls, a Republican from Palm Harbor, said that his focus is stopping women from having disability abortions.
“In Florida, we agree that killing an innocent human being with a beating heart is wrong. It is why we have worked every session to strengthen protections for unborn babies, including those for unborn children with disabilities last session, and it is why I am confident that those who share this moral view in the Florida House will continue the fight,” Sprowls said.