Come to Florida

The great State of Georgia enacted a restrictive abortion law this week forbidding abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat.  That’s usually around 6 weeks give or take.  Most women don’t even know they are pregnant after 6 weeks.

Of course, there is no exception for rape or incest.  This legislation is similar to Ohio’s where the ten year old girl who was raped and 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant had to travel to Indiana to get an abortion just last week.

As in Ohio, a Georgia girl would be forced to give birth.  After all, it is God’s will she got pregnant.

Georgia’s six-week abortion ban and fetal personhood bill has gone into effect as of Wednesday, July 20, after an unusual ruling issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Instead of giving a 28-day grace period, as usually happens, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an immediate stay of the lower court’s injunction against the bill.

No one asked the court to do this; it acted on its own accord. Considering the opinion’s author, Chief Judge William Pryor, called the plaintiffs and appellees “abortionists” at least 21 times in the opinion, it’s not hard to believe.

The bill also codifies fetal personhood into Georgia state law. Under this law, an embryo or fetus at any stage of development is considered a person. While the plaintiffs are allowed to return to the district court level to raise new challenges against the fetal personhood statute, this ruling is still a major coup for anti-abortion legislators and advocates.  The law encourages patients to rat out their own abortion providers. From the legislation: “Any woman upon whom an abortion is performed in violation of this Code section may recover in a civil action from the person who engaged in such violation all damages available to her under Georgia law for any torts.”

Nice.  Get an abortion.  Then sue your doctor.  Nothing but pigs.

Georgia becomes the latest southern state to lose access to virtually all abortions in its borders. Good news about abortion bans being blocked from taking effect—like what happened this week in West Virginia—is becoming more and more unlikely, it seems.

Now those with some knowledge of geography will know that Georgia is next to Florida.

In Florida, abortion is still legal until 15 weeks.  Here too, no exceptions for rape or incest.

An appeals court Thursday allowed Florida’s 15-week abortion limit to remain in effect and signaled it will overturn a circuit judge’s ruling that would have temporarily blocked the law.

A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, said abortion clinics and a doctor challenging the law had not shown they would suffer “irreparable harm” from the nearly total ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

But Florida’s abortion law is under a serious challenge and will go to the State Supreme Court.  For, you see, Florida has a Right to Privacy article in its state constitution.

The Constitution of the State of Florida expressly recognize a right to privacy under Article I, Section 12 – Florida’s Constitutional Right to Privacy:

Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein.

Seems pretty damn clear to me.

It will be argued in front of the Florida Supreme Court that abortion has fallen under this Article in the past, should continue to fall under it and that nothing could be more private than bodily integrity.

In the meanwhile, Georgia women needing abortion services can find them in Florida up to 15 weeks gestation.

You gotta get out the vote ladies.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to Come to Florida

  1. Don Ostertag says:

    Yup, you ladies better get out and vote.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. beetleypete says:

    I hope they vote the right way when they do vote, Frank. So many supposedly ‘Christian women’ seem to be driving this insane ‘purge’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Men need to get out and vote as well. There are a lot of boys and men not wanting to be fathers and the paternity laws are strict. Dead beat Dads go to jail in Florida. It’s not just a woman’s problem. These are wives and daughters. There lives are at risk.

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  3. I live in Georgia, and there was an Associated Press article in the local newspaper on Thursday explaining the abortion bill that went into effect on Wednesday. According to the article, there are exceptions for rape or incest as long as a police report is filed. Also, there can be an abortion if the mother’s life is at risk or if a serious medical condition renders the fetus unviable. I haven’t read the text of the bill, but that’s what’s being reported about it.

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    • toritto says:

      Hi unexpectef
      You are correct. Georgia,’s law does allow for rape or incest if a police report is filed. While on its face this is seems easonable it creates issues. IF fyou are 15 and raped by your srepdad it won’t be easy. What iif he vehemently denies it. Does he have Tobe chargsd?
      Or she a college girl raped at a party. He said/she said.
      I doubt simply filing a report will be sufficient.
      Life of the mother? How close to death does she have to be? How many doctors have to agree.
      These rules are meant to be obstacles.
      Six weeks? Who knows she pregnant at 6 weeks.
      Best from. Florida


      • You are correct on all counts, and I completely agree with you. The law effectively bans all abortions. It is atrocious and inhumane. How many women will suffer?
        And how many will die? I’m old enough to remember before Roe v. Wade. I honestly think doctors had more leeway back then. My sister-in-law had an ectopic pregnancy, and the doctor performed a procedure in the hospital immediately, as soon as it became apparent the pregnancy was not viable. I doubt that a doctor would be quick to do that today. I had a D&C for uterine polyps. I’ve read that doctors now are afraid to perform that procedure for any reason. And before Roe v. Wade, a woman could at least travel (if she or her family or friends could afford it) to a place where abortion was legal. I knew people who traveled to California or New York or Washington, DC back then. Now, states are making it hard or even illegal to do that.

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  4. toritto says:

    Indeed Unexpected. I remember Sherri Finkbein and her trip to Sweden because she couldn’t get an abortion in Arizona. She had taken Thalidomide during her pregnancy. Best from Florida


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