Florida abortion ban: new amendment will require dads to pay alimony for 15 weeks

People are holding placards protesting against the 15-week ban on abortion in Florida, in front of the office of State Senator Ileana Garcia, a strong supporter of the ban, in Coral Gables, Florida, on January 21, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP via Getty Images)

Tampa, FL (WFLA) – More than a dozen amendments on Tuesday during a recent visit to the Senate committee, applications were filed for Florida’s proposed 15-week abortion ban.

Among the proposed legislative amendments was the requirement to start paying alimony from 15 weeks. If abortion is prohibited at 15 weeks gestation, then amendment proposed by the Florida Senate Tina Scott Polish, D-Palm Beach, will require the child’s father to start paying child support as soon as abortion ceases to be legal.

The amendment, as written, will include maternal and child health insurance, as well as during pregnancy and any related postpartum care needs after childbirth.

In cases where the paternity of the unborn child is contested, the court must wait for the recovery of alimony until the biological father is confirmed. Payments will then be required to include retroactive payments before the date of reaching 15 weeks of gestation.

Adhering to health insurance, amendment filed by State Senator Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, will allow women who may become pregnant to be eligible for Medicaid coverage. The senator said it could help up to 700,000 Florida residents.

“This amendment will provide health care to more than 700,000 Florida residents and save working families hundreds of millions of dollars,” Cruz said.

Returning to the legislative focus on parents of unborn children, one amendment from Annette Taddeo, D-Miami-Dade, requires that a man could not receive a vasectomy until two doctors confirm in writing that he had been consulted about the procedure and that the vasectomy “would prevent the creation of a future life”.

Other amendments filed by sen. Lauren Buk, D-Broward, and Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, to the Committee that Replaces the Florida Decision proposed a 15-week ban on abortion focused on adding abortion options for victims rape, incest or human traffickingor for pregnant minors seeking judicial refusal for abortion. Previous attempts to add these amendments the debate in the House of Representatives failed.

In addition, amended Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, will ask the Florida Department of Health to create a fund to pay for the costs of caring for children born with fetal abnormalities, and to “increase the number of children entering the foster care system.” If the amendment is passed along with a ban on abortion, the FDOH will have to allocate 50% of funds to support pregnancy and wellness services to the foster family and fund fetal pathology. The Department of Health will also have to adopt fund management rules.

Another Berman amendment will require that the health care curriculum for middle and high school students be a comprehensive sex education rather than abstinence. The amendment will require that the curriculum be “medically accurate and appropriate for development,” while at the same time including “awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence.”

The amendment states that comprehensive recommendations for education should be in line with current best practices and policies of the federal system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Amended Laurent Osley (D-Tallahassee) during the last Senate session will require the Department of Health to conduct a study of the racial impact of fetal and infant mortality review committees. The study should include a “full review of the existing literature on fetal and infant mortality disparities” to determine what factors are associated with high fetal and infant mortality rates among minorities.

In addition, the amendment will require a study of racial influences on maternal mortality, the inclusion of a comprehensive review of the existing literature on racial differences in maternal mortality, finding ways to combat “disproportionately high maternal mortality rates among minorities” and how to correct these disparities.

The 15-week ban on abortion will return to the Senate to consider questions and answers and debate the amendments on Wednesday. Then he will go to the polls. The ban on abortion has already removed legal obstacles to the House of Representatives.

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