Florida pro-lifers are refusing to take this most recent attack from the anti-life mob lying down

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Pro-abortion activist groups are attempting to unleash a wave of unrestricted abortions in states across the country.

But brave pro-life individuals and groups are prepared to fight this injustice with courage and determination. 

And Florida pro-lifers are refusing to take this most recent attack from the anti-life mob lying down.

Liberty Counsel, a prominent defender of conservative values, is fighting back, urging the Florida Supreme Court to reject this dangerous proposal.

Liberty Counsel recently filed a compelling reply brief on behalf of Florida Voters Against Extremism (FLVAE), outlining the deceptive nature of the proposed amendment and emphasizing its potential violation of legal standards. 

Liberty Counsel argues that the initiative lacks transparency, is misleading, and violates the single subject rule—a fundamental principle in constitutional law.

The proposed amendment, titled “Amendment to Limit Government Interference with Abortion,” seeks to create a new section in the Florida Constitution purportedly limiting government interference with abortion. 

However, Liberty Counsel contends that the accompanying ballot summary, which claims the amendment won’t change the Legislature’s authority regarding parental notification, conceals the true extent of its impact.

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, emphasized the group’s concerns, stating, “This amendment would also impermissibly conflict with the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. These sponsors want to fool the voters into changing the Florida Constitution to kill babies for any reason, even up to birth.”

The proposed amendment, sponsored by Floridians Protecting Freedom, Inc., boasts support from organizations like the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Despite the seemingly benign name, critics argue that Floridians Protecting Freedom is intentionally misleading, given its objective to “protect Floridians’ access to abortion as reproductive health care.”

The amendment, as presented, introduces serious deficiencies and fails to meet the criteria set by Florida law for inclusion on the ballot. 

Liberty Counsel highlights that it misleads voters by obscuring its true purpose—to establish an unrestricted right to abortion at all stages of pregnancy.

One alarming aspect of the proposal is its deliberate vagueness in terms such as “necessary” and “health,” leaving room for broad interpretation. 

Liberty Counsel argues that this intentional ambiguity is designed to confuse voters and create a pathway for unrestricted abortions up to birth.

The proposed amendment, if adopted, could authorize activities conflicting with the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, presenting a direct challenge to federal law. 

Moreover, Liberty Counsel contends that the amendment violates the Florida Constitution’s single-subject requirement by addressing multiple subjects, including pre-viability abortions and the protection of women’s health, in a single proposal.

The proposed amendment would substantially alter the roles of Florida’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches, violating the single-subject rule further. 

Liberty Counsel maintains that this multifaceted impact on the government’s functioning cannot be encapsulated in a single ballot initiative.

Luckily, Florida has recently taken steps to protect unborn children. 

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Heartbeat Protection Act” into law, limiting abortions beyond six weeks of pregnancy. 

The state legislature decisively supported this bill, signaling a commitment to defending life.

Liberty Counsel has been actively involved in supporting pro-life measures in Florida, filing an amicus brief to the Florida Supreme Court in defense of Florida’s 15-week abortion ban. 

The organization seeks to uphold the sanctity of life and prevent the establishment of an unrestricted right to abortion through deceptive amendments.

Mat Staver concluded, “Pro-abortion groups want to establish unlimited human genocide of innocent children in Florida, and this deceitful amendment must be rejected.” 

Florida’s conservative, pro-life community remains vigilant as the battle for the unborn intensifies in the state.

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