Anti-abortion bill modeled after Texas ban introduced in Florida

The bill gives citizens the right to sue anyone who helps someone who seeks an abortion, as in Texas

An anti-abortion bill that would ban abortions after an embryonic heartbeat is detected, about six weeks, and allow citizens to sue doctors who perform them, modeled after Texas’s abortion ban SB8, was introduced in Florida on Wednesday.

Filed by the Republican representative Webster Barnaby, the bill allows people to sue practitioners and others who aid people seeking abortions up to six months after an abortion was performed versus only four months allocated in Texas’s SB8. The implications of the bill have alarmed many concerned about the role of anti-abortion vigilante lawsuits.

Previous attempts to pass such restrictive abortion laws in Florida had failed, but the supreme court’s decision not to block Texas’s anti-abortion law has ignited new attempts to pass anti-choice legislation across the country. In addition to Florida, Republican leaders in at least five other states have said that they are interested in passing legislation similar to the Texas abortion ban.

After the supreme court’s widely criticized decision, Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, and other Republican lawmakers echoed their support for the bill and interest in replicating it in the Sunshine state.

“I have always fought for unborn babies and their right to life, and the Florida house of representatives has been a national leader in developing pro-life legislation,” said the Florida house speaker, Chris Sprowls, via a spokesperson following the supreme court decision. “Our laws have to be strong enough to jump through multiple levels of judicial scrutiny. We look forward to bringing to the floor a bill that saves every unborn life possible.”

Barnaby’s office did not return a request for comment from the Associated Press.

Florida Democrats have condemned the new legislation, including the agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried, who announced her run for governor of Florida next year against DeSantis.

“This bill is dangerous, radical, and unconstitutional. The hypocrisy of this attempt by Governor [Ron] DeSantis and Republicans in the state legislature to take away our rights while at the same time preaching ‘my body, my choice’ when it comes to wearing masks is absolutely disgusting,” said Fried in a statement.


Gloria Oladipo

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Texas abortion vigilantes: how the ban empowers anti-choice citizens to sue
Rupali Sharma of the Lawyering Project explains how SB8 lawsuits could damage the careers and lives of abortion providers and patients

Marie Solis

08, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

Article image
Republicans in six states rush to mimic Texas anti-abortion law
North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, Indiana, Arkansas and Florida eye similar measures to new Texas ban after six weeks

Samira Sadeque in New York

03, Sep, 2021 @5:14 PM

Article image
Abortion ban modeled on Texas law advances in Tennessee
Bill allows anyone – even relatives of rapists – to sue abortion providers and empowers investigators to question any woman who loses a pregnancy

Maya Yang

21, Mar, 2022 @2:47 PM

Article image
Texas lawmaker ridicules anti-abortion measures by filing anti-masturbation bill
Jessica Farrar’s satirical Man’s Right to Know Act would set $100 fine for ‘emissions outside a woman’s vagina’ and require unnecessary medical tests

Tom Dart in Houston

13, Mar, 2017 @3:47 PM

Article image
Florida Republicans pass bill to ban abortion after 15 weeks
Governor Ron DeSantis expected to sign bill into law, with abortion rights under increasing threat in many US states

Jessica Glenza and agencies

04, Mar, 2022 @4:15 PM

Article image
‘At death’s door’: abortion bans endanger lives of high-risk patients, Texas study shows
In a preview of what’s to come in half the country, a near-total ban has led some providers to deny care until mothers’ health deteriorated

Mary Tuma

13, Jul, 2022 @10:00 AM

Article image
Texas law causes abortions to drop by 60% as people seek care in other states
State data showed procedures went from 5,400 to 2,200 in the month after the near-total ban was enacted in September

Guardian staff and agency

10, Feb, 2022 @10:01 PM

Article image
Protesters denounce ‘kangaroo court’ after high-stakes Texas abortion pill hearing
Abortion rights supporters gathered in a remote Texas city despite efforts by Judge Kacsmaryk to keep the hearing secret

Cecilia Nowell

16, Mar, 2023 @11:58 AM

Article image
Florida restores state abortion ban beyond 15 weeks after temporary halt
A judge had ruled that the ban violated the privacy protections in the state’s constitution, pausing the restrictive measure

Coral Murphy Marcos

05, Jul, 2022 @7:23 PM

Article image
Texas abortion providers ask supreme court to halt unprecedented abortion law
Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood turn to justices in final bid to block near-total ban

Mary Tuma

30, Aug, 2021 @8:05 PM