Jose Oliva, House Speaker, apologized Friday for calling pregnant women “host body” in an interview with Jim DeFeda of CBS Miami about abortion. The interview was published Thursday night.

In a statement, the Miami Lakes Republican apologized for using the phrase several times. He said it was an attempt to use terminology from medical ethics writings to keep discussion impartial. It had the exact opposite effect, as evident by the reaction. 

He said, “I am sorry for the injignment. My goal was to do the opposite.” This was and will continue to be our greatest challenge as a society. Both mother and child should have equal rights. However, the extent and balance of those rights is still a question. Sorry that I diverted from the issue with my words. I am sorry to everyone. 

During an interview with DeFed (host of “Facing south Florida”) Oliva mentioned the host’s body several times.

The problem is that there are 2 lives. In the first part of a Thursday interview, he stated that while we shouldn’t interfere in people’s personal lives, he doesn’t believe people should have their lives taken away. This is a complex problem because it requires one to consider that there is a host body and that this host body should have certain rights. After all, this body is the one that carries all of this other body at any given time. There is more life. 

He asked rhetorically, “What is the limit to which one person can have complete control over another’s life?”

This phrase was also used by him when he spoke of using vitality to limit abortion. The next question is: When does the host body lose control over this other life? 

He defended his position that the moment of conception is when life begins. It reappeared.

Life science can only be defined as that which grows. Growth begins at conception. This is the scientific definition of life science, “he stated. But that is not the real question. What is the purpose of this life? Does she respect the host body’s value? 

Oliva answered a question about how he uses this phrase in interviews. He said that he avoids using heavy terms. “We can use technical terms on both side, or we can use both our lives.” I’d be happy to do both. There are two lives. Both have quality and weight. Both require protection. What is the balance? 

After a brief excerpt of the interview was made public, Oliva’s language was quickly criticized by critics.

Terry Rizzo, the chairman of Florida Democratic Party, accused Oliva’s insulting Florida women. He called his comments “offensive and inhuman” and “misogynistic.”

She said, “You don’t expect to hear offensive language in The Handmaid’s Tale. Not the Speaker of Florida House of Representatives.”

After Oliva’s apology, Rep. Kyonne McGee, a Miami House Democrat, stood up for Oliva.

“While I disagree with Oliva [the speaker] 99% of time on politics, and 100% on THIS ISUGE,” Oliva wrote on Twitter: Oliva’s statement.

Although abortion is not a priority legislatively, several bills have been introduced this year to drastically curtail the practice. The “fetal beat” bill is one of them. It will ban abortion after a fetal pulse is detected using vaginal ultrasound. This can take as little as six weeks.

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