Florida House Moves Abortion Measure

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House has passed a measure prohibiting abortions after the viability of a fetus has been determined, with limited exceptions.

The bill (HB 1047) passed Friday with a 70-45 vote, after a debate that touched on legal and medical issues. Much of the discussion focused on the viability of a fetus, or the point at which life can be sustained with standard medical care.

Several lawmakers referred to legal precedents regarding viability, saying that Florida is simply creating a law that keeps up with federal court rulings.

Current law prohibits abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy, with exceptions.

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