Anti-Abortion Bills Get FL House Panel Approval

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three anti-abortion bills are moving through the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature.

Each received initial committee approval Tuesday on party-line votes — Republicans for and Democrats against.

The House Health & Human Services Access Subcommittee heard sometimes emotional debate and public testimony on the bills.

One would ban selective abortions based on the sex or race of the fetus.

Another would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on a presumption the fetus can sense pain at that point.

The third would set up a variety of new barriers to abortions including a 24-hour waiting period.

Another provision would limit the ownership of abortion clinics to doctors who received training in abortion-related procedures during their internship.

Abortion doctors also would be required to get continuing education in ethics.

Source: Associated Press