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Fla. House Committee advances TRAP Law

January 21, 2016 — A Florida House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill (HB 233) that would impose additional licensing requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Albany Times Union reports.

The bill would require clinics that offer abortion care in the second trimester to meet the building codes required for ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals.

According to the AP/Times Union, abortion-rights opponents claim it would help protect women's health and safety. However, abortion-rights supporters say the bill's real aim is to shutter abortion clinics with onerous regulations.

Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union said approving the measure would bring about expensive and unnecessary litigation, citing a lawsuit against a similar law (HB 2) in Texas that is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court (March, AP/Albany Times Union, 1/19).