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TAMPA, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Florida has accepted a petition asserting that abortion is homicide, charging that anybody performing or procuring one is guilty of first-degree murder.
Accepted by the state on September 16, the petition declares, "Abortion deprives an innocent human being of the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It goes on to say ,"Any person who performs or procures an abortion shall be guilty of premeditated murder in the first degree, and any person who attempts to perform or procure an abortion shall be guilty of felony attempted murder."
The petition is sponsored by the Florida branch of Abolish Human Abortion — a self-described political committee. Florida chairperson of Abolish Abortion Florida (AAFL) Bonnie Caffey spoke with ChurchMilitant.com and said:
We are not identifying ourselves as pro-lifers. We are abolitionists. We believe the incrementalism of the pro-life movement has kept abortion legal for 43 years and regulated and more deeply entrenched than ever. If our politicians would do their job and stand up to the tyranny of the Supreme Court, we wouldn't need to have citizen petitions because our legislature would be doing its job.
The AAFL website reads, "[T]he right to murder humans is not protected by the Constitution and our legislature is not bound by any law or duty to aid or abet the Supreme Court in their attempted perversion of it."
It continues, "[Politicians] are duty-bound by their oaths to support, obey, and defend the United States Constitution and oppose such perversions and abuses of it. We demand that our legislators stop passing laws to regulate abortion. We demand the total and immediate abolition of human abortion."
Six states have attempted to pass so-called personhood laws declaring that unborn children — from the moment of conception — have the same civil rights and protections as those already born. The law was first proposed in Colorado in 2008 but failed.
In May 2016 the Oklahoma legislature passed a law that would charge an abortionist with a felony, facing up to three years in prison for each abortion performed. Republican governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill a day after it was passed, commenting that it would be struck down by courts.
Most of them suffer from the defect that they declare abortion permissible "to save the life of the mother."
Father Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, explains that many doctors have declared there are no medical cases where direct abortion is a solution.
It is never right to directly kill an innocent person, even if good results are foreseen. We do not say that a baby's life is more important than the mother's. We do say that they are equal. You may never directly kill either one of them. If, in spite of the best medical efforts, one or both of them die, nothing morally wrong has been done, because an effort has been made to save life, but has failed. That is far different from killing.
Caffey notes that so far a few hundred people have signed the petition. She encourages residents of the state who are registered to vote to print out the petition, sign it, and send it to AAFL.