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Abortion waiting period bill moves forward in Florida Senate

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A bill requiring a one-day waiting period for abortions is nearing final passage in the Florida Legislature.

It advanced to third and final reading in the state Senate Thursday. It passed the House Wednesday.

Senate Democrats sought unsuccessfully to alter or obstruct the bill with a series of amendments, including one to require a similar waiting period for a man to get a vasectomy.

The bill says legally required informed consent procedures including an ultrasound exam must happen 24 hours before the procedure, in effect requiring two clinic trips a day apart. Democratic amendments also sought to add waivers or exceptions to the waiting period and to a requirement that a woman seeking a rape or incest exception provide documentation of the crime.

Majority Republicans easily turned back the amendments.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press. 

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