Florida House Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks

The Florida House of Representatives on Feb. 17 passed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.

With a vote of 78 to 39, the Republican-controlled House approved Florida House Bill 5 just after midnight, following several hours of debate that began on Feb. 16.

The bill now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate before going to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has previously signaled his support for the legislation.

Democrats in the state House proposed over a dozen amendments to the bill but all failed to pass, including providing an exception for cases of rape and incest.

The bill only allows for exceptions involving “serious risk” to the life of the pregnant individual and fatal fetal abnormality.

Florida law currently prohibits abortions for people who have been pregnant for 24 weeks or longer.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund condemned the passing of the bill.

“In the middle of the night — without the public present — Florida’s House passed a cruel abortion ban,” the organization said.

“Abortion rights supporters were not even allowed to remain in the gallery as the vote occurred,” the organization also said, adding that law enforcement also targeted student activists.

The bill comes ahead of a United States Supreme Court decision that could limit abortion rights in the country.

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