Fla. House Panel Approves Bill Targeting Abortions Based on Sex, Race of Fetus

April 5, 2013 — The Florida House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 845) that would require abortion providers to sign affidavits stating that they are not performing an abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/Miami Herald reports. Providers would face a $10,000 fine for violating the requirement.

The bill's critics said that while they oppose abortions sought for those reasons, the measure's requirements would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R), the bill's sponsor, contended that abortions based on the fetus' sex or race are becoming more common, although he did not provide figures to support the claim (Schreiner, AP/Miami Herald, 4/3).