The Pensacola News Journal reported that a Florida lawmaker plans to introduce a bill modeled after Alabama's strict new abortion law. He also explained that God asked him to do it.
Early on in the 2019 legislative session, Rep. Mike Hill (R-Pensacola) filed HB-235, which would ban abortions in Florida after a heartbeat is detected. The bill had 20 co-sponsors but never got a hearing in any committee.
While speaking about the recent wave of strict abortion legislation in states like Alabama, Georgia and Missouri, Hill told an audience Thursday he will take another shot at banning more abortions, at the urging of God.
"As plain as day, God spoke to me," Hill said at a meeting of Women for Responsible Legislation in Pensacola. "He said, ‘That wasn't my bill,' talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. He said, ‘That wasn't my bill.' I knew immediately what he was talking about. He said, ‘You remove those exceptions and you file it again.' And I said, ‘yes Lord. I will. It's coming back. It's coming back.' We are going to file that bill without any exceptions just like what we saw passed in Alabama."
"The priorities were health care, transportation and the Everglades," Hill said. "All of that, you know, which are important, but life is of preeminence import. Without life, you won't even have a need for all this other stuff."
According to the News Journal, Hill said his bill — including the exceptions — would have passed in Florida's Senate as he had 21 confirmed votes out a 40 member chamber. He believed every Republican in the House would also have voted in favor of the bill. Hill said that "health care, transportation and the Everglades" were the main focus of the legislative session and that those items kept his bill from getting a hearing.
Edited from Newsweek and WFLA