Florida State Representative Fabian Basabe from District 106 on Miami Beach has dropped legislation in Tallahassee on same-sex marriages and abortion. The maverick republican legislator in a purple district or, more characteristically, a blue district elected last year in the DeSantis landslide has made a statement for the socially moderate republican elements in Florida.
HB 169 is an act relating to marriage between persons of the same sex, repealing the law that deletes the prohibition on the recognition of same-sex marriages. This new bill will align Florida law with federal law and remove social impediments to personal choice in personal relationships.
HB93- Termination of Pregnancies, is a bill that will return the right of a woman to have an abortion for 12 weeks. Currently, the six-week limit is under litigation in the courts.
Here are the words from the legislator himself regarding HB 169. "I'm filing this bill in good conscience with the hope of demonstrating bipartisan support. At this time, I have intentionally not secured A supporting Senator. My aim is to rectify currently unconstitutional legislation that I believe is necessary for my District and my State. While I may not be very familiar with Senator Polsky, I extend a warm welcome for her to join me in advocating for this change, which I find fitting and necessary in our current moment. My decision to file without a confirmed Senate sponsor is deliberate. I want to gauge my colleague's stand on this matter, and it is essential to recognize the weight this step carries. It is not my intention to sell it; rather, I wish for this bill to be supported willingly. I encourage the other representatives to make their decisions based solely on their conscience, whether it be to stand up or down."
Regarding HB-93, here are Representative Basabe's words. "The introduction of the 12-week abortion ban with exceptions was a strategic decision aimed at preserving and advocating for the right to choose. I understand that court proceedings can be protracted, and the legislative process offers a more direct means to address concerns related to abortion access. By proposing this legislation, I'm not only positioning myself for different potential outcomes but also ensuring that the voice of those who support reproductive choice is heard in the ongoing debate. Whether the court upholds the 15-week ban or not, I'm dedicated to continuing my advocacy for choice and the rights of individuals to make deeply personal decisions about their reproductive health. It is crucial to recognize that the legislature has the authority to address and amend laws it has enacted. While court decisions are important, they can take a considerable amount of time, leading to uncertainty in the legal landscape. In my view, returning the matter to the legislature is a responsible step to take. I would certainly hope that if the governor sees strong support from both sides he would at least consider it."
We consider this legislative move by Representative Basabe as a brave action representing a large section of Floridian society. The debates regarding same-sex marriage and abortion are personal matters that individuals need to make, and intrusion by the state into the private lives of Floridians is a bridge too far. We applaud this effort and look to the future to see how this legislation is handled in Tallahassee. We also consider that this represents an element of the new Republican Party that is both socially moderate and conservative in the matters that make our country great, put America first, and move us into the 21st century.