Earlier this year, Florida State Rep. Mike Hill, an evangelical Christian, filed an anti-abortion bill that would punish doctors who performed abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected. If a doctor performed an abortion after that, he or she would face third-degree felony charges.
There were exceptions in that bill, however, for “rape, incest, domestic violence, or human trafficking” or if the mother’s life was in danger.
HB 235 never got a hearing and Hill himself withdrew the bill for consideration earlier this month.
Now, having seen what Alabama was able to get away with under a GOP-dominated legislature, he wants to bring back his bill without those exceptions, all because he thinks God told him it was the right thing to do.
Speaking to the (badly misnamed) Women for Responsible Legislation at Pensacola City Hall yesterday, Hill explained what the voices in his head told him.
Hill said that he was at an anti-abortion rally a few weeks ago in Pensacola and while the keynote speaker was delivering a speech, God spoke to him.
“As plain as day, God spoke to me,” Hill said. “He said that wasn’t my bill, talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. He said that wasn’t my bill. I knew immediately what he was talking about. He said, you remove those exceptions and you file it again. And I said yes Lord, I will. It’s coming back. It’s coming back. We are going to file that bill without any exceptions just like what we saw passed in Alabama.”
The group of close to 20 people in the room applauded and cheered Hill’s remarks.
God apparently saw that Hill was being somewhat compassionate to rape and incest victims, got very angry about it, and told Hill to file that bill again so that women would be forced to have their rapists’ babies.
It’s why Christians describe their God as “loving.”
Hill hasn’t filed the revised bill yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Florida’s Republican legislators pushed it through as quickly as possible in order to appease their Christian base and get it into Brett Kavanaugh‘s hands.
If it happened, it would be yet another instance of a heartbeat bill passed by heartless people.
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