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Abortion waiting period bill goes to Florida governor

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A bill that will require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is now going to Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate voted 26-13 for the measure on Friday after nearly an hour of debate. Republican Sen. Anitere Flores said that if only one woman decides not to get an abortion after a waiting period, she’ll consider the bill a huge success. But Democrats argued that abortion will become the only medical procedure that will have a state-mandated waiting period before it…

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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…

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Myths and facts about HB 1143

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Myth: The bill forces a woman to view her ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. Fact: A woman can simply decline to view the ultrasound by checking off and signing a form. Section 390.0111 of the bill, line 512 states: The woman has a right to decline to view the ultrasound images after she is informed of her right and offered an opportunity to view them. If the woman declines to view the ultrasound images, the woman shall complete a form,…

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