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Fla. Bill Requiring Test of Fetal Viability Stalls

Fla. Bill Requiring Test of Fetal Viability Stalls

March 10, 2014 — A vote on a bill (SB 918) that would require physicians to determine whether a fetus is viable before an abortion has been postponed at the request of its sponsor, the Bradenton Herald reports.

The bill would require physicians to perform medical examinations, including an ultrasound, on women seeking abortions to determine whether a fetus is viable. If the physician believes that the fetus has reached the stage at which it could survive outside of the womb, an abortion could not be performed unless the woman's life was in danger or she faced a serious risk of injury.

Bill Could Be Reconsidered

On Wednesday, state Senate Health Policy Committee Chair Aaron Bean (R) said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Anitere Flores (R), requested that the panel delay consideration of the measure (Mitchell, Bradenton Herald, 3/5).

However, Flores said the bill will be brought up again in the committee (Ross, WJCT News, 3/6). In total, the bill would have to go through three committees, according to the Herald.

A similar measure has been filed in the state House, but it has not been heard in committee (Bradenton Herald, 3/5).