On the first day of the legislative session, Florida introduces law to protect unborn babies after 15 weeks

By Dave Andrusko

Florida began its 60 day legislative session by introducing a bill, modeled on Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act now before the Supreme Court, that would protect unborn babies after the 15th week. 

The state House and Senate “rolled out identical legislation spelling out the policy, which is similar to one approved by lawmakers in Mississippi in 2018,” according to Politico’s Arek Sarkissian.

Pro-life stalwarts State Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Erin Grall filed the legislation Tuesday, the first day of the session. “I am proud to support this legislation as a capstone to my fight for life in the Florida House,” Rep. Grall said.

Pro-life Gov. Ron DeSantis signaled his support.

“I think there’s a lot of pro-life legislation, and we will be welcoming it,” DeSantis said during a press conference at the state Capitol, “Having protections make a lot of sense.”

Sarkissian added, “DeSantis joined five other governors in signing a July amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe by supporting the Mississippi law.”

The pro-life legislation “would allow exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk or if the unborn baby has a fatal anomaly,” Micaiah Bilger explained. “It also would create new requirements for hospitals and abortion facilities to report data to the Florida Department of Health, including measures to help identify victims of human trafficking, to keep track of babies who are born alive in abortions and to reduce infant mortality.”

The High Court heard oral arguments December 1 on Mississippi’s law.