Mike Hill, Florida State Rep., has stooped to a new low by involving God in regards to the abortion bill he introduced to the state legislature this year.
Hill’s proposed bill, which is similar to the abortion law passed in Alabama recently, was rejected even before it could get a committee hearing. During his visit to Women for Responsible Legislation group in Pensacola, Hill defended his bill saying, “As plain as day, God spoke to me. He said that wasn’t my bill, talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. He said that wasn’t my bill.”
“I knew immediately what he was talking about. He said, you remove those exceptions and you file it again,” he continued. “And I said yes Lord, I will. It’s coming back. It’s coming back. We are going to file that bill without any exceptions just like what we saw passed in Alabama.”
Mike Hill had proposed a bill that would restrict abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. However, the bill included exceptions for rape, incest, medical emergency, human trafficking and domestic violence, which according to Hill were included only to increase the chances of getting an approval on the bill.
The controversial abortion bill signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this month sparked controversies and protests across the state and the country. The law, which is expected to go into effect in six months, was found too restrictive by President Donald Trump also. While the Democrats described the law as “dangerous and exceptionally cruel”, Republican Senator for Maine Susan Collins called the law “very extreme” and “terrible”.
Despite the severe backlash received by the Alabama abortion law, Rep. Mike Hill was confident that his bill would have easily passed in the Florida’s Senate, as he believed every Republican would have voted in the favor of the bill. Reportedly, Hill expected 21 confirmed votes out of the 40 member chamber.
As per Hill, his bill couldn’t be heard during the legislative session as the main focus was on “health care, transportation and the Everglades”.
Mike Hill’s involvement of religious and spiritual elements in addressing the issue of abortion ban depicts that he is trying to win people emotionally, if not rationally.