Florida Senate - 2011 SJR 1538 By Senator Flores 38-01719C-11 20111538__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing the creation of Section 3 28 of Article I of the State Constitution to prohibit 4 public funding of abortions and prohibit the State 5 Constitution from being interpreted to create broader 6 rights to an abortion than those contained in the 7 United States Constitution. 8 9 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 That the following creation of Section 28 of Article I of 12 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 13 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 14 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 15 authorized by law for that purpose: 16 ARTICLE I 17 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS 18 SECTION 28. Prohibition on public funding of abortions; 19 construction of abortion rights.— 20 (a) Except as required by federal law, or to save the life 21 of the mother, public funds may not be expended for any abortion 22 or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of 23 abortion. 24 (b) This constitution may not be interpreted to create 25 broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United 26 States Constitution. 27 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 28 placed on the ballot: 29 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 30 ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 31 PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDING OF ABORTIONS; CONSTRUCTION OF 32 ABORTION RIGHTS.—This proposed amendment provides that public 33 funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health 34 benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion, except as 35 required by federal law or to save the life of the mother. 36 This proposed amendment provides that the State 37 Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to 38 an abortion than those contained in the United States 39 Constitution. With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment 40 overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of 41 privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is 42 broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution.