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Florida House Passes Abortion Measure

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A measure that would prohibit abortions after the viability of the fetus has been determined has passed the Florida House.

It does have limited exceptions.

The bill (HB 1047) passed Friday with a 70-45 vote, after a debate that touched on legal and medical issues. Much of the discussion focused on the viability of a fetus, or the point at which life can be sustained with standard medical care.

Several lawmakers referred to legal precedents regarding viability, saying that Florida is simply creating a law that keeps up with federal court rulings.

Current law prohibits abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy, with exceptions.

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