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Florida Abortion Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

By    |   Wednesday, 07 October 2015 02:34 PM

Florida is already among the states with the strictest laws regarding abortions, but that doesn't stop lawmakers from looking for ways to make them tighter.

Such was the case recently, when the state enacted a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before undergoing an abortion. House Bill 633, which was signed by Governor Rick Scott in June, requires a woman to consult with her physician and learn the risks associated with the procedure, according to The Daily Signal.

In all states, abortion is a hot topic among pro-life and pro-choice advocates, with both sides passionately arguing their position. Here are some quotes from the debate.

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"As a parent and a grandparent, the sanctity of life is important to me. This 24-hour waiting period is an important step to protecting life while ensuring there is more time to make a life-changing decision."
— Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in a statement published by USA Today

"With this dangerous law, Florida is joining other states in the race to the bottom for limiting women's ability to make their own personal healthcare decisions. Not only is the 24-hour mandatory delay medically unnecessary, it could in fact interfere with a woman's health."
Michelle Richardson, director of public policy for the ACLU of Florida, to Reuters, on June 10

"We've already thought about it, women already spent time talking to their families, friends, having thought about it for themselves, deciding that abortion was the right choice for them and their futures, so we don't need 24 hours to wait. What they want is for us to change our minds."
Melissa Madera, author of The Abortion Diary, WCTV. Madera had an abortion when she was 17 years old and went on to earn her doctorate.

"You don't go into a knee surgeon one day and say tomorrow I want to get a full knee (replacement). I don't think this should be treated any differently. ... We want to ensure not just that women are aware of the psychological effects, but that they are aware of the medical and physical effects, as well."
— Republican State Senator Anitere Flores, the Bradenton Herald

"This bill is just another impediment in a continuing effort to erode a women's right to choose."
Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner, the Bradenton Herald

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In December, lawmakers proposed legislation that would force a doctor to secure admitting rights at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion would be completed.

"This will just make sure that physicians, the doctor performing the procedure, will follow her to the hospital as opposed to a delay in some type of hand off to another doctor.”
— State Representative Scott Plakon, the bill's co-sponsor, told FOX 35 Orlando

"Leading medical groups oppose such laws, because they do nothing to increase patient health and safety and are designed to make it harder for women to access abortion. The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates is calling on the Florida Legislature to reject this measure, as it poses a risk to women's health."
Planned Parenthood, in a statement to the television station

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