Gaetz' abortion measure advances

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Following up on a bill approved last year but vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist, the House Insurance and Banking Committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 97) that would bar publicly-funded insurance plans from paying for abortions unless the woman? life was in danger or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest, reports the News Service of Florida. Sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, the measure would pre-empt provisions of federal healthcare reform that backers say would provide federal funding for abortion services. The federal law allows states to exempt such services. The bill, among a handful of abortion measures traveling in both chambers, now goes to the House Health and Human Services Committee, its last scheduled stop before reaching the floor

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