Local leaders react to passing of abortion bill in Alabama

Local Abortion Controversy reaction

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The issue of abortion took center stage at Thursday’s Tiger Bay meeting in Bradenton.

This comes on the heels of Alabama signing into law the most restrictive abortion measure which would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

Missouri is close to signing a strong bill banning abortions as well. Three bills sponsored by Representative Tommy Gregory to strengthen abortion laws in Florida failed to get the necessary approval.

“I would like to see Florida move to become a state that values life from conception to death," Gregory said.

Representative Wengay Newton taking a different stance. “If you really want to regulate pro life and pro choice regulate the seed, we men got no problem putting laws on women’s bodies, none at all, but without the seed there won’t be nothing to abort,” Newton said.

We talked about the abortion issue to people enjoying their Thursday night on the Sarasota Bayfront and people have mixed feelings about this issue. Sarasota resident Nancy Cortez Knapp tells us she is pro choice, but within reason.

“I feel that it is up to the woman depending on the circumstances, but I don’t like late term abortion ideas that is not something I would be condoning, I respect a woman and her body and her choice," Knapp said.

Polls show that 70 percent of Americans do not want Roe v. Wade overturned.

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