The Florida House passed a bill banning doctors from performing an abortion based on the unborn child’s disability — a massive win for pro-life activists nationwide.
House Bill 1221 passed the Republican-led Florida House on Friday in a 74 to 44 vote.
“The concept of ending a pregnancy based on a disability is modern-day eugenics,” Republican state Rep. Tyler Sirois said. “In the 1930s, the Nazis worked to establish a master race. They sought to eliminate from the gene pool any trait or condition that they deemed unworthy.”
— FL House Republicans (@FLGOPMajority) April 23, 2021
Florida Democrats opposed the bill, arguing an abortion should be made at the sole discretion of the woman.
The bill will likely face challenges at the court level. The Tampa Bay Times reports nine nine states have been passed, with many facing issues in the courts.
The Senate version of the bill has yet to be heard in committee. The bill will unlikely be passed this year as a result.
According to the bill, disability includes “any disease, defect or disorder that is genetically inherited including, but not limited to a physical disability, a mental or intellectual disability, a physical disfigurement, Down syndrome, scoliosis, dwarfism, albinism, amelia or a physical or mental disease.”
Doctors who perform such abortions would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in prison under the new measure.