Florida's Black Eye: 'Fetal Heartbeat Bill' in Political Purgatory

Jordan Kirkland - April 17th, 2019

With less than three weeks remaining this legislative session, Florida lawmakers are scrambling trying to get important legislation moved through committees before the session ends in May.

With the 60-day annual session coming to a close, there are still a ton of hot-button issues that haven't been resolved. One proposal ( and ), the "fetal heartbeat bill," remains in political purgatory.

Introduced by Sen. Dennis Baxley and Rep. Mike Hill, the bills would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected -- usually around the six week mark. The measure would also make it a felony for any person who “knowingly or purposefully performs or induces an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human being whose fetal heartbeat has been detected."

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