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Texas-style abortion ban bill filed in Florida


Yesterday, Florida state representative Webster Barnaby of Volusia County filed HB 167, a bill that is a near copy of the recently passed Texas abortion bill.

The bill, like the Texas abortion bill, aims to block physicians from performing abortions if there is a detectable heartbeat.

Annie Filkowski, Legislative Manager and deputy political director for Fla Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, says the bill is extreme.

"It’s a Texas-style abortion ban, and it basically makes abortion  everyone’s business but your own.  It would ban abortion at 6 weeks, which is before most people even know they’re pregnant," she said.

She goes on to say that most people in the U.S. believe women should have the right to abortion care.

"Most people agree overwhelmingly, they oppose this Texas-style abortion ban. They oppose any overturning of Roe v. Wade," she said.

The measure would not make exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

The bill will be considered in the state legislative session that begins in January.

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