Fla. Legislature sends abortion bill to governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Legislature has approved a bill that requires a physician to determine the viability of a fetus to live outside the womb with standard medical care before performing an abortion.

The legislation cleared the Florida Senate on a 24 to 15 vote Friday. It earlier passed through the Florida House of Representatives.

The bill's supporters say the law could prevent abortions around the 20th week of pregnancy. Current law prohibits most abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy, or around 26 weeks. Advocates say the bill implements viability as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1992 ruling.

Opponents of the measure have argued that a mother, not the government, should determine when to abort a baby.

Scott has previously signed several anti-abortion measures.


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