Florida House passes anti-abortion legislation

From The Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-abortion-restrictions-20110429,0,5071659.story

By Kathleen Haughney, Orlando SentinelApril 29, 2011

Reporting from Tallahassee—
After hours of emotionally fraught debate, the Florida House overwhelmingly approved a range of new abortionmeasures that would restrict health-insurance coverage of the procedure, ban most abortions after a fetus is “viable,” and require women seeking an abortion to first review an ultrasound in hopes that they would reverse their decision after seeing the images.The focus of the debate was the “ultrasound” bill, passed last year but vetoed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. Rep. James Grant revealed that his parents were told that he was going to be born severely disabled, and he said they decided to go through with the pregnancy because “they believed in life.” There was no reason, he said, for women not to understand the status of the fetus when they seek an abortion.

The measure requires that women who seek to end a pregnancy first receive an ultrasound, though they could decline in writing to view it. Women who are victims of sexual abuse or have a medical reason can opt out of the exam, but they must provide a copy of a restraining order, police report, medical record or other court documentation.

The House also passed five other abortion bills Wednesday. Most are pending in the Senate; they are expected to pass, and then be signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

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