Sen. Kathleen Passidomo Tuesday clarified her wish for stricter abortion regulations in Florida.
“Given the recent opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States, we could seek greater protections for life in Florida,” said the Republican from Naples, who is in line be president of the Senate if the Republicans retain a majority in 2022.
The statement came a day after Passidomo made headlines for criticizing parts of Texas’ “heartbeat” bill that bans abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy and does not provide for no provision for rape or incest. She made her remarks in a speech at the Argus Foundation in Sarasota, where she said, “I’m pro-life but I’m not pro-tell your neighbors,” according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
She made it clear to the newspaper that the part of the law she had trouble with was a $10,000 law enforcement incentive for individuals to bring people to justice for participating in illegal abortions.
Passidomo maintains that it will not support an exact duplication of Texas law, or a “copy and paste” of Texas law.
“There are provisions in there that don’t make sense,” she said. “We have to do what’s right for Florida.”
The Passidomo team also highlighted letters it sent to voters regarding its stance on Texas law and its anti-abortion agenda.
“Abortion is a life-changing decision that forever affects the mother, father and their family,” she wrote. “We must do everything we can to protect the unborn child while respecting the health and privacy of Floridians.”
She detailed a number of provisions she has supported that have become law in Florida, including tougher parental consent requirements for minors seeking abortions and a ban on using taxpayer dollars for abortions. procedures.
Passidomo also highlighted the need to improve foster and adoption services in Florida and provide resources for maternal health.
The senator expects anti-abortion legislation to be introduced in the Florida Legislature for the 2022 session and beyond.
“I look forward to seriously evaluating and considering this legislation and supporting good public policy that protects life,” she said. “As a pro-life lawmaker, I believe our state must continue to be dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable among us. We must remain true to our commitment to promote a culture that defends and cherishes life as the most fundamental of our inalienable rights.