TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Abortions will be illegal in Florida if a doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that redefines that state's current third trimester abortion ban.
Current law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk. The new law (house Bill 1047)will require woman to have a doctor determine whether a fetus is viable before having an abortion and bans an abortion unless the doctor can certify in writing that an abortion is necessary to save the mother's life or physical health.
The law takes effect July 1.
The state of Florida is poised to protect children from abortion if they have the capacity to survive outside the womb. H.B. 1047, which would bar abortions after viability,
The bill passed the House 70-45 and Senate 24-15 in a vote clearly along party lines.
Florida Planned Parenthood's political action committee launched a voter campaign designed, in the words of CEO Lillian Tamayo, to focus on "the wave of anti-women's health legislation."
This bill was one of nearly 100 Scott signed on Friday that passed during this year's Legislative session. The new laws deal with everything from flood insurance to banning sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
Scott also signed a bill that moves the starting date of the 2016 session to January.
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