Fla. Rep. Maxwell Frost is Against Protecting Babies Born Alive After Abortion Attempts
Recently Elected Florida U.S. Representative Maxwell Frost took to the House floor yesterday to argue against a law ensuring that babies born alive after failed abortions would receive medical care.
The pro-life legislation eventually passed in House 220-210 and requires healthcare providers to attempt to keep an infant alive if born during or after an attempted abortion. If a provider fails to follow the would-be law, they could face fines or up to five years in prison. However, because Democrats control the Senate, it is unlikely to become a law or even be taken up, allowing born-alive babies to die of neglect.
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However, in his first-ever speech on the House floor, Frost claimed that the law was violent, violence which Republicans refused to condemn, an idea that he also tweeted.
Heading to the House floor right now to debate an anti-choice bill that fails to condemn violence against abortion clinics, providers, staff, and patients.
— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) January 11, 2023
Apart from that, Frost’s arguments were not regarding the actual law but the abortion debate overall, claiming the legislation was “a one-sided resolution meant to fan the flames of anti-abortion and anti-freedom sentiment.”
Frost referenced Florida’s recent abortion restrictions, which outlaw abortions after 15 weeks, provided the mother’s life is not in danger. Frost
“See, my district in Central Florida sees these sentiments in action – as our governor has passed an abortion ban and looks to go even further.”
Frost even went so far as to say that his mother’s choice not to kill him in the womb was a “deeply personal” one.
“And as someone whose birth mother made the brave and difficult decision to put me up for adoption. I recognize that that decision was deeply personal and can often mark one of the most vulnerable points in a person’s life,”
The Gen Z Representative made the case that the government should “actually protect” individuals in such vulnerable positions. All irony seemed lost on Frost.
Frost finished by framing his vote as a freedom issue and referencing “childbearing adults” who aren’t women.
“I will continue to fight for civil rights, personal freedom, and bodily autonomy of women and childbearing adults in this country, and I hope the rest of this chamber will join me in voting.”
The statement implies that healthcare providers keeping an infant alive once fully separated from a woman’s body somehow violates her autonomy, freedom, and rights.
WATCH: Freshman Rep. Maxwell Frost explains voting against measure to protect babies born through attempted abortion
"I will continue to fight for civil rights, personal freedom, and bodily autonomy of women and child bearing adults" pic.twitter.com/uXGATDKB4D
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) January 15, 2023
Many observers on Twitter were quick to push back against Frost.
@MaxwellFrostFL voting against the measure to protect babies that survived an attempted abortion? You don’t care about black lives, white lives, or even all lives, I👀 where you stand 😞😞😞 https://t.co/xbzKKOmmRU
— Cody Campos (@ccampos1976) January 15, 2023
You are alive because you mom chose not to abort you but birth you & give you up for adoption! You don’t want others to have the fighting chance you had? How many motions have been passed condemning violence against abortion clinics vs violence against pro life group?
— Ifiok Umoeka (@UmoekaIfiok) January 12, 2023
You voted to kill a living baby who is a victim of a botched abortion! Sick dude!
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 🏝 (@ReOpenChris) January 13, 2023
What anti-choice bill? The one that mandates doctors provide medical aid to a living baby after a botched abortion? Or is it something else?
— Halligan117 (@FF_Isaac117) January 12, 2023
Let me see if I understand… you believe the victims of failed abortions who are born alive should be ignored & left to suffer and die… or should be killed after birth?
— Caffeinated Sass Stands w/Ukraine (@CaribouSass) January 12, 2023
It protected the life and health of a baby born alive in an abortion and you voted against it. You're the ghoul here.
— My_cat_niles (@Mycatniles1) January 12, 2023
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