A Florida representative filed an anti-abortion bill Monday that he claims protects the rights of women — those in the womb — despite a lack of evidence that female infanticide is actually a problem.
Rep. Charles Van Zant (R-Keystone Heights) filed HB 845, which requires anyone performing an abortion to first sign an affidavit stating that he or she has no knowledge that the pregnancy is being terminated on the grounds of sex or race.
The bill holds that “women are a vital part of American society and culture and possess the same fundamental human rights and civil rights as men” and cites a “growing sex-determination niche industry” that leads to female infanticide.
When HuffPost Miami spoke with Van Zant by phone, he was unable to provide specific cases when abortion was performed based on either sex or race, or any examples of a growing “sex-determination niche industry.”
“It doesn’t matter,” Van Zant said. “I certainly think that the debate and discussion ought to be heard.”
The issue was already hotly debated in Washington, D.C. last year when Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, similarly aiming to ban sex- and race-selective abortions on the federal level.