Update 2/26/19: Two Republican state lawmakers wants to ban abortions in Florida once a heartbeat is detected.
Rep. Mike Hill (R-Pensacola), first filed the bill making it a third-degree felony for any physician who violates the proposed law.
On Feb. 7, Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Lady Lake) filed a companion measure in the Senate.
“It’s time for us to face our history of the last 46 years and the 60 million faces of our offspring that we have extinguished. The heartbeat has always been the clear signal of the presence of life, and that life must be protected," Baxley said in a written statement sent from his office.
He noted a similar proposal was passed in Ohio last year but was vetoed by that state's governor.
“I think we have a great opportunity this year," Baxley said. “Our new Governor, Ron DeSantis has expressed support for meaningful pro-life legislation, so I don’t think we’ll run in to the same issues that Ohio did.”