Florida House set for floor action on abortion bills

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House is set for floor action on several pieces of legislation designed to limit abortions.

The chamber will begin discussion Tuesday and it's expected to vote Wednesday.

The legislation includes a bill (HB 1127) that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first view an ultrasound of her fetus or listen to a description of it.

It's virtually identical to a bill that former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed last year.

The calendar also includes a proposed amendment (HJR 1179) that would put existing prohibitions against public funding of abortions in the Florida Constitution.

It also would carve out an exception for abortion to Florida's strong privacy right. The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is based on privacy rights.

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