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Florida House Passes Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Florida Channel

The Florida Senate is slated to take up a controversial abortion measure Thursday. The House just recently passed the same bill requiring pregnant women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

“This is the bill requiring a 24 hour reflection period before seeking an abortion, empowering women to make an informed decision versus an unexpected, rushed, and pressured one,” said Rep. Jennifer Sullivan (R-Mount Dora), the bill's House sponsor.

But, Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D-Miami) says she disagrees with the “empowerment” premise.

“Not only does this bill not empower women, it takes our power away,” said Stafford, during Wednesday's floor debate. “If I have to wait, you’ve taken my power away from me for a decision I’ve already made as if I can’t make any decisions on my own, in my own time. I believe this bill is demeaning, disrespectful, and offensive to women because if I’ve made a decision for myself, this 2-hour mandate is disrespecting my choice about my body and my health.”

And, the House passed the measure 77-41 mostly along party lines with most Democrats opposed.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.