3 anti-choice bills agenda'd for today's House HHS Committee

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Late Mondaynight three anti-choice bills, HB 97, HB 1127 and HB 1397 were placed on the agenda of the House Health & Human Services Committee, scheduled for 10 am today. These are the last committee stops prior to heading to the House Floor for a vote and we have to make legislators aware that we are opposed to these bills.

HB 97 will deny women access to health insurance that offers abortion coverage if they purchase their health insurance through a state exchange to be established in 2014. This bill is simply unnecessary; the Hyde Amendment already prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established accounting measures to prohibit the comingling of public and private dollars.

HB 1127 would force physicians to perform an ultrasound even when it is not medically-appropriate to the patient’s situation or goes against the professional judgment of the physician. Further, it would force women to hear a description of the fetus during the ultrasound. And finally, the bill fails to protect women who have become pregnant due to rape or incest.

HB 1397 would place onerous restrictions on abortion clinics with the express purpose of closing clinic doors. This bill is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to deny women access to a legal health care procedure.

Please help oppose these bills. Click on this link and send an email to members of the committee to oppose these bills.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.