Posts Tagged ‘Charles Van Zant’

ACLU, Christian group oppose Florida school prayer bill

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

A bill that would allow K-12 students to pray during all school events is currently being opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Liberty Counsel. Both groups warn that such legislation would cost the state money in litigation. (more…)

Three anti-abortion bills advance in Florida

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Three bills that would restrict access to legal abortions in Florida passed a state House health committee Tuesday. (more…)

Florida GOP push legislation that would recommend HPV vaccine

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

The same Florida legislator who is seeking an all-out ban on abortion in the state has sponsored a bill in the legislature that would recommend the HPV vaccine for young girls entering the sixth grade. (more…)

New Florida bill would make performing abortions a felony

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka (Photo: myfloridahouse.gov/Meredith Geddings)

Last week, Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, followed through on his announcement that he would bring back a bill that bans abortion in the state of Florida, providing only an exception to save the life of the mother. Van Zant’s bill would make performing an abortion a felony.

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Florida committee passes reclaimed water bill despite reservations

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
Despite reservations from some members, the Florida House Select Committee on Water Policy yesterday passed state Rep. Dana Young’s bill to redefine reclaimed waters and prohibit water management districts from requiring a permit for their use.

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Florida state senator: GOP-led Legislature wants to regulate women’s bodies, again

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

State Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise (Photo flsenate.gov/Minority Office)

In an op-ed for South Florida Sun Sentinel, state Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, writes that the GOP-led Legislature is yet again focusing on curbing women’s rights, instead of easing the pain of the state’s economic woes.

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Florida legislator will resurrect total abortion ban

Posted on: October 25th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment
State Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, told Creative Loafing that he will bring back a bill that bans abortion in the state of Florida, providing only an exception to save the life of the mother. (more…)

Abortion bills go to front of the line for Florida Republicans

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

mandatory-ultrasound bill is not the only Republican proposal that seeks to restrict abortion rights sure to come up in the state legislature during its upcoming session — limiting access to abortion is clearly a top priority for GOP legislators. #


Republicans have filed at least five bills in the Florida House of Representatives that would limit or prohibit access to abortion: #

  • Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka has filed the ”Florida for Life Act,” which “prohibits induced abortions” and “prohibits operation of facility for purpose of providing abortion services.” Van Zant is not new to this type of legislation — in 2010 he filed the same bill, which later died in committee.
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, filed House Bill 97, which “prohibits use of state or federal funds to provide coverage for abortions in exchange created for the Affordable Care Act.”
  • Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, filed “Infants Born Alive,” which states that an “infant born alive subsequent to abortion is entitled to same rights, powers, & privileges as child born alive in course of birth that is not subsequent to abortion.”
  • Plakon has also filed House Joint Resolution 1, which proposes that the legislature place an amendment on Florida ballots that, if passed, would “prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system,” a challenge to President Obama’s health care reform legislation. The Senate version of this bill, the Health Care Freedom Act, was passed by the Senate budget committee today. Plakon has also supported public funding for private anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers that distribute biased information about the link between abortion and negative mental health outcomes.
  • Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, has filed a law governing the state’s “Choose Life” license plates, that would provide for annual fees to be given to Choose Life, Inc., rather than counties. State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, sponsored the Senate version of this law. The Florida Independent reported that the Florida ACLU says this law could eventually help fund anti-abortion propaganda.
  • The Independent has also been reporting on House Bill 321, the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” filed by Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami. The law restricts abortion beyond 20 weeks. Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, has said that, given the current legislative climate,  this bill has a good chance of passing.

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