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Florida Third-Trimester Abortion Ban (SB 918)

This law was last updated on Apr 25, 2016


State

Florida

Number

SB 918

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Feb 6, 2014

Topics

Later Abortion

Full Bill Text

www.flsenate.gov

SB 918 would revise the circumstances under which a pregnancy in the third trimester may be terminated, and would ban third-trimester abortions unless one of the following conditions is met:

  • Two physicians certify in writing that, to a reasonable degree of medical probability, the termination of the pregnancy is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life or avert a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman other than a psychological condition.
  • The physician certifies in writing to the medical necessity for legitimate emergency medical procedures for termination of the pregnancy to save the pregnant woman’s life or avert a serious risk of imminent substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman other than a psychological condition.

SB 918 would also ban abortions when it is determined that the fetus is viable unless:

  • Two physicians certify in writing that, to a reasonable degree of medical probability, the termination of the pregnancy is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life or avert a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman other than a psychological condition.
  • The physician certifies in writing to the medical necessity for legitimate emergency medical procedures for termination of the pregnancy to save the pregnant woman’s life or avert a serious risk of imminent substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman other than a psychological condition, and another physician is not available for consultation.

To determine viability, a physician would be required to perform an ultrasound as required by Fla. Stat. § 0390.0111, and offer the woman the opportunity to view the ultrasound images and hear an explanation of them.

The bill would require that abortions be performed in a hospital or other medical establishment.

A violation of the provisions of this bill would be a felony, and the maximum penalty would be life in prison. 

STATUS

Companion bill to HB 1047, which Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on June 13, 2014.

Referred to Senate Health Policy Committee.


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