Florida Senate passes 15-week abortion limit, bill now heads to governor's desk

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Senate passed a bill that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most bitterly disputed issues of the 2022 legislative session.

The House passed the measure last month in a 78-39 vote along almost straight party lines.

Republican senators Wednesday rejected a series of amendments that Democrats proposed during hours of debate.

"These are babies. It’s an individual inside that woman that has a separate DNA, a separate body, a separate person," Senate bill sponsor Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, said. "And the question we’re asking ourself is, when does that baby in the womb have the same rights as the mother that’s carrying it with that right to be able to live and to thrive and to grow?"
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