After often emotional debates, the Florida House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a bill that prevented doctors from performing the abortion women seek for a test showing that the foetation had a disability.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives cast 74-44 votes, primarily in line with party policy, to approve a bill (HB 1221) sponsored by R-Vero Beach Rep. Erin Grall.
The bill addresses what is called “disability abortion,” which includes situations where doctors know that a pregnant woman is seeking an abortion because of a fetal disability.
Such disorders can include physical disability, intellectual or mental disability, or Down’s syndrome.
In the week of the legislative session, the Senate hasn’t pushed forward with such a bill — it’s unlikely that the bill will eventually pass.
However, Glall’s bill was controversial.
“We have a duty to protect innocent lives,” said Clay Yarborough, a member of the Republic of Jacksonville who supported the bill.
Republican Rep. Kelly Skidmore, D-Boca Raton, said the bill was about a ban on abortion.
“No ban. No ban. Abortion is health care, abortion is health care, abortion is health care,” she said.
Delray Beach Republican Mike Caruso, Winter Haven’s Sam Killebrew, and Orlando’s Rene Plasencia have joined the Democratic Party to oppose the bill. The Democratic Party of Miami, James Bush, voted.
Florida House Approves Bill to Ban Disability-Based Abortion-WUSF Public Media
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