Abortion would be illegal under Fla. bill
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 15, 2010
Florida legislation would criminalize abortion in the state and subject physicians found in violation of the measure to harsh penalties, including jail time and fines.
The bill, introduced in the House in February, would outlaw all abortions, except in a case of a medical emergency threatening the pregnant woman's life. Physicians must certify such conditions. The bill makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
The measure also urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. The Florida bill was pending House committee action in March.
The Florida Medical Assn. did not take a position on the bill but expressed concerns about criminalizing the medical procedure and allowing government intervention in medical decisions.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/03/15/gvbf0315.htm.