Florida Proposed Abortion Ban Would Put Doctors In Prison for Life


Anti-choice activists always say “punish the doctor, not the mother.”  For Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant, that punishment for the physician would be life in prison.

Van Zant has proposed an all out abortion ban that would make the procedure entirely illegal, unless certain requirements were met ahead of time.  According to Jessica Mason Pieklo, the list includes:

  • certification in writing by two physicians that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of a pregnancy is necessary to prevent the death of the patient;
  • two doctors certify in writing to the fact that, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the termination of a pregnancy is necessary because to continue the pregnancy would unreasonably reduce the likelihood of successful treatment of a life-threatening disease of the patient; or
  • a doctor certifies in writing that a medical emergency existed and another doctor was not available for consultation prior to termination of the pregnancy and that medical condition must be “clearly described.”

If these conditions are not met, the doctor, who will have committed a felony, can look forward to spending the rest of his or her life in prison.  But no death penalty, of course.  After all, they are “pro-life.”

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  • rustyangel

    So if a doctor kills a 1 month old baby, are you opposed to him going to prison?  What if he kills a 20 year old?  30?  40?

    When you murder you can go to prison.

    Yeah, I know.  Pro-life “lunatics” always portray abortion as murder when it’s not (in your eyes).  I get it.  Choice advocates fight tooth and nail that life doesn’t begin at conception.  I have always found that amusing because what better, DEFINITIVE answer is there?  There isn’t one.  You could argue that life doesn’t begin until week 4…week 6…week 8…first trimester, second trimester…I’ve heard them all.  No one, even pro-choicers, agree on when that (life) actually occurs either.  And it wouldn’t matter if they did.  Here’s why.

    Let’s just say for the sake of this discussion, that you believe life begins at 8 weeks (56 days).  So, does that mean you believe that an abortion performed on day 57 is wrong?  If so, why?  Because you are killing a living life?  Some other reason?  

    The fact is that choicers can’t concede that life begins at conception because, if they did, their entire argument is lost…abortion becomes murder if you define “life” at conception.  But, what’s even more maddening is that it doesn’t seem to matter anyway.  If some choicers concede that life begins at 8 weeks, they still look the other way when an abortion is performed at 9, 10 or even 12 weeks.   They don’t care about right and wrong…they care only about BEING right.

    You don’t WANT abortion to be labled as murder because, when it is, that means that you advocate murder.  So, rather than look at the truth, you simply label the accuser as a “lunatic” or a “fanatic”…all the while, remaining a murderer…albeit one with a clear conscience. 

     

     

     

  • prochoiceferret

    Choice advocates fight tooth and nail that life doesn’t begin at conception.  I have always found that amusing because what better, DEFINITIVE answer is there?  There isn’t one.

     

    On the other hand, I’ve always found that amusing, because it’s completely irrelevant. Women still have the right to an abortion by virtue of owning their own bodies. Once a neonate is out of the body, abortion is no longer relevant to it.

     

    You don’t WANT abortion to be labled as murder because, when it is, that means that you advocate murder. So, rather than look at the truth, you simply label the accuser as a “lunatic” or a “fanatic”…all the while, remaining a murderer…albeit one with a clear conscience. 

     

    You WANT abortion to be labled as murder because, when it is, that means that you’re advocating against murderers. So, rather than look at the truth, you simply label the advocate as a “murderer”…all the while, remaining a liar…albeit one who doesn’t know they’re lying.