Florida Legislature Considers Bill for Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving “Unborn Child”!
CNS News–Florida’s legislature is deliberating a new bill that could dramatically change the legal landscape surrounding wrongful death lawsuits. The proposed legislation, introduced by Republican lawmakers, seeks to include ‘unborn child’ in the state’s wrongful-death law, allowing parents to sue for damages in cases of death caused by wrongful acts or negligence.
This initiative, led by House sponsor Jenna Persons-Mulicka and Senate sponsor Erin Grall, has sparked intense debate. Persons Mulicka insists that the bill is not about abortion but about providing parents with a legal avenue to seek justice for the wrongful death of an unborn child.
However, this stance faces skepticism, notably from Rep. Ashley Gantt, who expressed concerns about the bill’s potential implications on abortion rights and the possibility of it being used to target abortion providers.
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Despite Persons-Mulicka’s assurances, critics argue that the bill, if passed, could be a stepping stone towards restricting abortion rights further. This comes in the backdrop of Florida’s already stringent stance on abortion, with a six-week abortion ban currently under judicial review.
The bill, which excludes mothers from being sued, has not yet been defined in terms of the gestational age of the unborn child, a point of contention for those seeking clarity. As the legislative session progresses, this bill represents a significant moment in the ongoing debate over abortion rights and parental legal recourse in Florida.