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Florida Senate passes parental consent abortion bill

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 18:38:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers are moving closer to enacting legislation to require parental consent before a minor can get an abortion.

The Senate voted 23-17 along party lines to advance the measure after a passionate debate on the floor Thursday.

A similar bill awaits action by the House floor.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he supports the parental consent effort in the GOP-led Legislature.

If he signs the legislation into law, Florida would join 26 other states in requiring at least one parent give written permission authorizing a doctor to terminate the pregnancy of a minor.