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With only one committee hearing, a bill seeking to regulate Florida’s pregnancy crisis centers is now heading to the House floor. But, pro-choice advocates are not happy about a provision that directs the state to only contract with providers that “promote and support childbirth.”

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A revived bill that wades into the abortion debate has passed its first Florida Senate Committee, but not without opposition.

Julia Kaye speaking after the hearing.
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The Florida Legislature and the American Civil Liberties Union are again squaring off in a Tallahassee courtroom over a 2015 law requiring women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.  With the measure already on hold, the judge granted the state’s request for two additional months to work on its case.

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Florida lawmakers want to issue special certificates to families who experience miscarriages. Supporters say the bill is meant to comfort grieving parents. But there are concerns the bill could affect access to abortions.

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The Constitutional Revision Committee is taking public comments as it prepares to pitch changes to Florida’s Constitution. Members are hearing a lot from Floridians about access to abortion services and restoring voting rights to felons who have served their time.

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The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  The move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

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If state lawmakers get their way, patients could soon be able to sue their abortion doctors over emotional distress. But physicians say the plan will worsen Florida’s doctor shortage. For many Florida doctors, medical malpractice complaints are part of the territory. After years of discouraging frivolous lawsuits, legislators are now trying to expose abortion doctors to more litigation.

Rep. Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) receiving a standing ovation from fellow Republicans after floor debate for the abortion waiting period law in 2015.
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The Florida Supreme Court is backing up a lower court’s decision to put Florida’s abortion waiting period law on hold.

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A Florida Republican has filed a measure prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.  The proposal is part of a larger trend of so-called fetal pain legislation.

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The Florida Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether to allow a new abortion restriction to take effect.  The measure requires women wait 24 hours after an initial consultation before receiving treatment.

ACLU Attorney Julia Kaye argues before the Florida Supreme Court that the 24-hour abortion waiting period should be put back hold.
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Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to reinstate a hold on the state’s 24 hour abortion wait law.  The court heard arguments in the case Tuesday.

Lawyers for a Kissimmee Planned Parenthood facility generated sharp exchanges Wednesday as they tried to convince the Florida Supreme Court to lift a “temporary” injunction against abortions.

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Three provisions in a wide ranging abortion measure passed earlier this year are on hold after a federal judge intervened late Thursday evening.  The case comes on the heels of a major abortion ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court.

A federal judge has blocked parts of a controversial Florida abortion law.  U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, issued a 25-page ruling right before the law was set to go into effect.

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A measure placing new restrictions on abortion providers takes effect Friday unless a federal judge intervenes.  Planned Parenthood is calling on the court to block the measure. 

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With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions, attention is turning to Florida where a similar measure is set to take effect Friday.  The law’s backers are confident their legislation will survive a court challenge of its own. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.  Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director Laura Goodhue says that could spell the end for similar legislation in Florida. 

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Planned Parenthood is challenging a wide-ranging set of new abortion restrictions passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.  The case heads to federal court June 29.

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Two groups are throwing their weight behind a Gainesville clinic challenging a state-mandated abortion waiting period.

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Florida’s Planned Parenthood clinics are suing the state over a law that cuts funding for non-abortion services.

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The Florida Supreme Court has decided to put the state’s 24 hour abortion waiting period back on hold.  The law won’t take effect until the high court decides how it will proceed.

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Governor Rick Scott has approved a controversial bill restricting state funding to organizations that provide elective abortions. The measure is similar to a law in Texas pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Abortion rights advocates are trying to convince Florida Governor Rick Scott to veto sweeping new abortion legislation.  They delivered 12,000 petitions to Scott’s office Thursday.

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After a Florida appeals court again denied efforts to shelve a 24 hour abortion waiting period, advocates are turning to the Florida Supreme Court.  The appeals court refused to stay its order earlier this week.

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Florida lawmakers have approved an expansive bill that could further restrict abortions in the state. The measure in an outgrowth of a larger battle over abortion that flared up this past summer, after several heavily-altered and now discredited videos claimed to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal remains.

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