The new law will take effect as of July 1’st. Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott signed this bill along with over 50 others. The law requires women to wait at least 24 hours after signing the abortion procedure request.
The new law does not include abortion in special cases like rape, incest, health risk and human trafficking.
Women will be able to bring evidence from the police department like restraining orders and police reports in order to become exempt from the law.
Governor Rick Scott graduated with a Law Degree from the Southern Methodist University of Missouri in Kansas City. He has since co-founded the Columbia Hospital Corporation that would eventually become Columbia /HCA the largest private for-profit American Health Care company.
He was forced to resign as Chief Executive of Columbia /HCA in 1997 due to allegations of unfair billing prices and business practices. The Company had to pay the largest settlement in history, a total of 600 million dollars was paid to the Federal Government.
Scott’s 24 hour waiting bill, is not popular with members of the democratic party or many of the women’s rights and civil rights groups.
Arguments against the law include associations to the emotional stress women already have to suffer from performing abortions, many considering the 24 hour extension a unnecessary traumatic time.
Also several groups consider this law a political favor to the republican voters that has nothing to do with women’s medical or psychical state. These groups consider that the Republican Governor has preceded the 24 hour abortion bill by enough other laws that intrude into women’s rights to their bodies and their own decisions.
In 2011 Scott signed another law into effect that required women to get ultrasound before abortion, and last year he banned late-term abortions, if the doctor found evidence that the fetus could survive outside the womb.
Republican and Democrat governors alike are accused every day of signing laws just to please political groups and voters. And in fact in many situations were political majority shifts from one party to another, a certain standard of laws changes with them, abortion connected laws being some of the most often changed.
Some of the other laws signed by Governor Scott in the same package include a decree that allows terminally ill patients to try medicine that has not received federal approval, and several other health related regulations.
Florida officials will have the power to isolate patients suspected of viral or contagious diseases thanks to another law from the same group.
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