After the House passed the measure last week, a bill that would prevent abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is set to go through the full Senate.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday voted 13-6 to approve the bill (HB 5), which is similar to a Mississippi law pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Committee chair Kelli Stargel, a Lakeland Republican who is the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, said the babies’ viability has accelerated since the landmark. Roe vs. Wade decision on the right to abortion in 1973.
“It’s about what we as a state should be responsible for and how we as a state should move forward and look within the bounds of the law,” she said. declared.
But Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat who voted against the bill, cited a need for freedom.
Republican-friendly redistricting, more voting restrictions, legal abortion essentially banned, and more things your elected representatives have done: Legislative sitting notes 2022
Republican-friendly redistricting, more voting restrictions, legal abortion essentially banned, and more things your elected representatives have done
Legislative sitting notes 2022
By Ryan Dailey and Jim Turner, News Service of Florida
Orlando Area News
“We’re talking about individuals who certainly have the right to decide what they want to do as an individual and with their doctor,” Gibson said. “And we’re not talking about any individual, we’re talking about women. And we certainly have the intelligence and the exposure to determine what is best for us in any given situation.
The Republican-dominated House approved the bill in a 78-39 vote along nearly straight party lines.
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