Florida heartbeat bill proves Students for Life’s programs can change the actions of legislators

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GOP politicians like Virginia’s moderate Governor Glenn Youngkin continue to sell out their pro-life base.

But one pro-life group is no longer letting them get away with it.

And the Florida heartbeat bill proves Students for Life’s programs can change the actions of legislators.

Fresh off their stunning victory in Wyoming, Students for Life Action is now targeting the Sunshine State for its effective program.

Chemical abortion bans and heartbeat bills

Students for Life Action’s (SFLAction) Wyoming bill to end the distribution of Chemical Abortion Pills was just signed into law making it one of the first major pro-life laws of 2023 and the first of its kind to prevent Chemical Abortions in a state. 

This victory proved to other pro-life activists that victory is possible if you stick to your guns and hold politicians accountable rather than cozy up to them and accept their compromises.

Now SFLA has set their sights on Florida.

And though at first they ran into a GOP brick wall, adherence to their program and sticking to their principles looks like it paid off.

As reported on SFLA’s blog:

“Students for Life Action (SFLAction) has been targeting Florida as a key state for pro-life laws, and our recent efforts helped persuade legislators into taking action to protect future Floridians. While not perfect, the newly introduced Heartbeat bill is a step in the right direction . . .” 

The blog post is a report on SB 300, a bill introduced by State Senator Erin Grall (R-FL-54). 

If passed, this bill will prohibit physicians from knowingly committing or “inducing a termination of pregnancy” after six weeks, which is when a baby’s heartbeat can first be heard. 

Abortion tourism destination

Currently, Florida has a 15-week limit that still allows more than 93% of abortions to occur.

The current law has actually made the Sunshine State a destination in the south for abortion tourism. 

SB 300 does allow for exceptions such as rape and incest that wrongfully discriminate against a baby based on circumstances of conception.

But the legislation is a step in the right direction as SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins pointed out in a recent news interview. 

“When a heartbeat is present, there is certainly life there. And the act of abortion after six weeks we know ends the beating heart of another human being,” Hawkins said.  

And there are good provisions in the legislation that prohibit abortionists from using things such as telehealth or the postal service to commit abortions. 

Also, SB 300 expands services provided by the Florida Department of Health to contracted pregnancy resource centers who give needed support to parents such as clothing, car seats, diapers, and counseling.

Next steps

While the Florida program got off to a rocky start with Senate President Kathleen Passidomo stonewalling any life legislation, SFLA didn’t give up.

And when Ron DeSantis finally weighed in and said he would sign the bill the last of the significant GOP opposition went away. 

SB 300 also includes language that addresses Chemical Abortion Pills, but SFLAction is encouraging Florida legislators to take this a step further. 

They are urging Florida to pass legislation like Wyoming’s outright ban on the dangerous drugs.

Given SFLAs success so far this year, don’t be surprised if Florida does exactly that.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.