From IRC Republicans for Life ~ Paul Zelno, President
Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2023
Dear Pro Life Leaders:
During the Republicans for Life (RFL) summer recess, a date for the all-important oral arguments for Planned Parenthood's lawsuit vs. Florida was set for September 8th before the Florida Supreme Court.
The Planned Parenthood argument commenced on Friday, September 9th. Representative Grall was present. No decision was made before the Court contemplates their decision which will be critical to the continuation of protection of the unborn or nullifying all prolife laws currently passed by the legislative branch and Governor DeSantis!
The Plaintiff alleges that the Fetal Protection Act passed in 2022 violates the privacy of individuals and permits government intrusion into “health care” and the individuals rights to access medical treatment effect on June 1st, 2023, however, the 15 week ban on abortion is being detained subject to the court's decision on the current lawsuit.
If the Florida Supreme Court decides in favor of the pro life legislation that passed, a 6 week ban on abortion will take effect 30 days after the decision.
The “backup” in the cases being heard by the Florida Supreme Court and neighboring states that have passed anti abortion laws is contributing to the current influx of women seeking abortions being performed in Florida.
The RFL Board has scheduled a speaker in October, speaking on Child Trafficking in South Florida.
See you on Friday, September 22nd, 2023.
Dear Pro Life Leaders:
As you know, the Florida Supreme Court has taken the case of Planned Parenthood vs. State of Florida challenging the 15 week abortion ban that was decided before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. The court decision is critical to our efforts of prolife initiatives and legislation to ban abortion and the current Senate Bill 300, establishing a 6 week abortion ban is also contingent on their decision. Let’s make it clear that we want a total ban on abortion from conception!
That being said, SB300 has prolife legislation included:
•Requiring abortion induced mifepristone to be delivered in person by physicians and not dispensed at pharmacies,
•Prevent abortions from being provided through Telehealth,
•Would provide services thru organizations like Care Net and Caring Center for Woman that council women against abortions.
These are NOT small advances from where we were prior to the Dobbs decision, considering that 50% of abortions are now provided thru mail order and “telehealth” with mifepristone!
At the Assembly in Vero Beach conducted with Representative Brackett and State Senator Grall, I am on record of making it clear that “Republicans for Life” are supporting a total ban on abortion from conception.
HB300 must pass the House, the Senate, and be signed by the Governor; however, it is all depending on the Florida Supreme Court decision with Planned Parenthood. If the 15 week ban at the State level is upheld and HB300 is passed, it will give prolife legislators more leverage to go forward with a complete ban, just as we gained progress from 15 to a 6 week ban. This is not simply my opinion after consulting with Attorney Steve Aden of Americans United for Life in Washington, D.C.
We all know that our stand against abortion is highly politicized. The Florida Supreme Court Justices are appointed by Governors for the FIRST term. Afterwards, we the people, vote for retention or dismissal based on their “merit.” For your consideration, please check your justices on their record and decide with your vote for retention or dismissal!
Paul Zelno, President, Republicans for Life