TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After rejecting a series of Democratic amendments, the Republican-dominated Senate prepared Thursday to give final approval to a bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.READ MORE: ‘2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back’: South Florida Businesses Feeling Effects Of COVID Resurgence
The Senate took up a bill (HB 633) that passed the House on Wednesday.
The measure, which would require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, has drawn heavy debate. The Senate rejected eight Democratic amendments Thursday.READ MORE: Biden Administration Working On Plan Requiring Foreign Travelers To Show Proof Of COVID Vaccine
As an example, it turned down an amendment, proposed by Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, that would have allowed women to waive the 24-hour waiting period if they live 100 miles of more from the nearest abortion providers.
Senators could vote on the overall bill as soon as Friday.MORE NEWS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Blasts President Joe Biden For Singling Out Florida Over Coronavirus
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.