Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions

State   Steven Ertelt   Jun 13, 2014   |   7:00PM    Tallahassee, FL

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday banning late term abortions. The Florida governor is no stranger to signing pro-life legislation, and he put a bill into law previously to stop taxpayer-funding of abortions under Obamacare.

Reuters has more on what this new pro-life law does to protect unborn babies after viability:

ultrasound4d31The measure is among new limits on abortion pushed by Republicans in several states, some of which have prompted court challenges.

Existing Florida law forbids abortion after 24 weeks’ gestation, unless a woman’s life or health is jeopardized by continued pregnancy.

The new law, effective next month, sets the no-abortion point at any stage of development when a doctor determines the fetus is viable.

Once fetal viability is attained, no abortion would be allowed under the new law unless two doctors certify in writing that termination is necessary to save the patient’s life or to “avert a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function … other than a psychological condition.”

The bill’s sponsors argued modern medicine has made it possible to save infants far earlier than the third-trimester standard for pregnancy termination used by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

 

Here is more on the abortion-funding ban and other pro-life bills Governor Scott signed into law.