Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Senate president says he's not for fetal guardian law

Senate President Jim King said Tuesday he would be "very reluctant" to consider a law that would let guardians be appointed for fetuses whose mothers are incapacitated.

King, R-Jacksonville, spoke a day after an aide to Gov. Jeb Bush said Bush wants the law changed so that in cases where a mother can't make decisions, a guardian could be appointed for the fetus.

But King said while speaking to a gathering of newspaper editors that the Senate was unlikely to take it up. "I think the courts already decided on that," he said.

King later qualified his answer, saying: "I didn't rule it out. I would be a very reluctant participant."

Courts last year rejected attempts to have a guardian named for the fetus of a disabled woman.