But that punishment isn't enough for State Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and state Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland. The duo took to press conferencing the sordid affair on Sept. 18 as a means of reintroducing their bill which seeks to redefine the viability of a fetus for the purposes of state prosecution. As the Tampa Tribune reports, the Republicans are pretending this isn't about outlawing abortion at all, but then turning around and saying things like this:
Stargell said she was “very hopeful” the bill will pass in the next session of the Legislature, especially now that Lee has given it her support.
“This is not an abortion debate,” Stargell said. “This is about a baby in her womb that was taken from her.”
Stargell said the bill would make any unborn child, no matter how far along, viable, “so the courts don’t have to determine the viability factor.”
Viability describes whether an unborn child can survive outside the womb.
It isn't likely that Lee's six-to-seven-month-old fetus could have survived outside, though, is it? Anyway, it's not unusual for conservatives to pull these #FloridaMan sob stories out in the abortion debate, so we're not super concerned. We are, however, vigilant, as is Planned Parenthood. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is hosting a quiz called Women are Watching, and the more correct answers you get, the more money automatically goes to the group so that they can fight such glorious invaders of the political lexicon as "vaginal ultrasounds." According to the site:
Every correct answer will generate a 10-cent donation to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (up to $25,000) to help us defeat the candidates who attack women's health — and believe us, they're very real — and work throughout this year and beyond to protect and promote women's health.
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