Editorial: Fla. Lawmakers Should Stop Targeting Abortion Rights

April 22, 2014 — "It seems every year the Florida Legislature wants to interfere with and test the legality of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, impacting a woman's legal right to choose to have an abortion," and "[t]his year is no different," a Fort Myers News-Press editorial states.

The editorial points to a bill (HB 1047) that passed the state House earlier this month and "would further restrict abortions and increase protections for the fetus" in the state, noting that the state Senate also will "address the bill, and another related abortion bill" this week.

Instead of "continu[ing] to test the law of the land" on abortion rights, the state should be "educating people and having public debate on this emotional decision," the editorial argues. It notes, "A woman's right to choose is protected by the Constitution and has been supported by the U.S. Supreme Court."

Florida "already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, so there is no reason to continue to flirt with a legal disaster by looking at further limitations for women," the editorial argues (Fort Myers News-Press, 4/20).