TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Among the multitude of abortion bills piling up in the Florida legislature this year is a controversial one that would require a woman to see her child on an ultrasound before aborting.
According to My Fox Orlando , the bill would force the woman to see an image of the unborn child and listen as a doctor describes what he or she is seeing.
Florida women who choose to abort must already have an ultrasound in the second or third trimester, but this new bill would require one in the first trimester as well.
Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando said this legislation could be really damaging to women if passed.
“The emotional trauma that would cause to thousands of women in this state that would have to undergo this procedure is just not what this state should be focused on,” said Rep. Randolph.
Patients who want to terminate their pregnancy would not be permitted to use Medicaid for the procedure. Instead they would have to pay with insurance or out of pocket.
This bill is one of at least 18 abortion related bills proposed this year, The Miami-Herald reports. Other proposed bills include a ban posing a legal challenge to Roe vs. Wade, which established a women’s right to choose in 1973.
“The amount of bills proposed puts Florida among the top five states in the country for abortion bills,” said Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.
West Virginia comes in first with more than 30 bills.
“There are some that are just chipping away at a woman’s right to choose and there are some that are wholesale assaults,” said Danielle Prendergast, director of public policy for the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the bills.
Prendergast said that due to the conservative legislature and governor, she believes more of these types of bills will pass than in previous sessions.