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Florida court ruling confirms Amendment 4 for abortions up to birth is confusing and misleading

The misleading constitutional amendment 4, which deals with abortion, was in the news again this week.

In the state of Florida, all ballot initiatives must have a financial impact statement to properly inform voters of the costs to the state and taxpayers.

On Monday, Circuit Judge John Cooper will issue his ruling, saying outdated information in the financial impact statement “makes it inaccurate, ambiguous, misleading, unclear and confusing.”

“In the irony of all ironies, this judge is actually describing Amendment 4 itself.” Amendment 4 is deliberately vague, deceptive and misleading. It is unfortunate that the four male Supreme Court justices did not view the ballot language the same way Judge Cooper viewed the financial impact statement.

Within hours, the state of Florida appealed Judge Cooper’s ruling to the 1st District Court of Appeals. The appeal automatically leads to a suspension of the judge’s decision, but within 24 hours the judge lifts the suspension and demands that the state redraw the annual accounts within 15 days.

The judge even reiterated his objections and made a very telling statement. “This is a case that should point the way to allowing the people of the State of Florida to decide this issue…” This judge clearly wants a smooth and favorable path to Election Day.

We at Florida Right to Life oppose Amendment 4 and believe it should be exposed for the dangerous, ambiguous, and deceptive amendment that it is. Amendment 4 is designed to fool Florida residents into believing a lie.

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The language reads as follows: “No law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the health of the patient, as determined by the patient’s health care provider.”

If passed, they would nullify all common-sense laws designed to protect women and children. Parental consent would be rejected and many girls would become victims. Health care standards for women and girls would be abolished and painful late-life abortion would be allowed until the moment of birth!
Non-physicians could perform abortions and whatever harm happened to women, they would have no recourse.

Study the language carefully, it should be titled the Abortion Protection Act and Planned Parenthood Money App! Although the language says “no law shall punish,” the only one who can be punished is the abortionist. So abortionists are literally protected, not women and girls!

The statement “no law shall delay” means quick abortions and quick money. There is no benefit whatsoever for women and girls. Again, this law would benefit the abortion industry at the expense of women and girls.

The language states: “Healthcare provider” and not a doctor. Literally, a non-doctor can perform an abortion. This does not benefit women.

We at Florida Right to Life will work tirelessly to expose this evil and deceptive Amendment 4.

Unlike the Florida Supreme Court, let’s hope the Court of Appeals is right on this one.