Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.
Posted BY: Teresa | NwoReport
The Florida House of Representatives on Thursday passed a six-week abortion ban that would replace the state’s 15-week ban. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he would sign a six-week ban should it be sent to his desk.
The ban would prohibit all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy before most women know they are pregnant. The ban makes exceptions for when the woman’s life or health is at risk and in cases of rape or incest, under certain conditions. Even with its current ban in place, Florida has fewer restrictions compared to nearby states.
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The bill passed by a vote of 70 to 40. It passed in the Senate last week.
There are four conditions under which physicians can provide abortions under the ban.
To provide abortion care under the law’s exceptions, two physicians would have to certify in writing that the termination of the pregnancy is necessary to save the woman’s life or avert a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman, according to the law. This does not include psychological conditions.
If two physicians are not available, one physician would have to certify in writing that there is a medical necessity for the legitimate emergency medical procedure to save the pregnant woman’s life or avert irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function and certify another physician is not available for consultation, the law states.