Florida Court Hears Case Challenging Abortion Law

Feb 10, 2016

Florida's First District Court of Appeal is deciding whether they should lift an order that blocked a state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

The three-judge panel heard arguments Tuesday from the attorney general's office and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The state filed the complaint after two judges blocked the law last July when it was supposed to take effect.

House Aims To Approve Open-Carry Bill

Feb 3, 2016

The Florida House is expected to vote Wednesday to allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry sidearms in most public places.


And in preparing the bill late Tuesday for a final vote, the House voted 72-43 to tack on an amendment that would let lawmakers with concealed-carry licenses pack heat during legislative meetings and on the House floor.

Abortion Restrictions Pass House Panel After Debate

Feb 3, 2016

After a passionate debate, a House panel on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging bill that would place more regulations on abortion clinics and address issues such as the sale or donation of fetal tissue.

The Florida Legislature is moving forward with a bill that could restrict abortion access. But similar measures have been struck down in other states.

A House committee passed a bill Monday that would ban nearly all abortions in Florida, but even backers of the bill say its chances of passage, or of surviving a court challenge if it became law, likely are slim.

Bill Would Require Stricter Standards For Abortion Clinics

Jan 20, 2016

Abortion clinics would have to meet strict new licensing requirements under a bill being considered by the Florida Legislature.

Judges To Hear Abortion Clinic Disputes

Oct 2, 2015

High-profile disputes about whether Florida abortion clinics improperly performed second-trimester abortions will be argued before administrative law judges.

State Sanctions Two More Abortion Clinics

Sep 21, 2015

Alleging that they performed second-trimester abortions without proper licenses, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is moving to sanction two more Florida abortion providers --- in addition to Planned Parenthood clinics in Naples, St. Petersburg and Fort Myers already facing potential fines. 

Battle Over Abortion Clinics Heats Up

Aug 20, 2015

A fight between Planned Parenthood and Gov. Rick Scott's administration escalated on Wednesday, with state health officials saying three clinics can continue to operate but remain under investigation for allegedly performing illegal second-trimester abortions.

Planned Parenthood fired back Monday against allegations that three Florida abortion clinics provided second-trimester abortions without proper licenses, seeking an emergency injunction against the state Agency for Health Care Administration "to protect women's access to safe, legal abortion."

Women will have to wait 24 hours before having an abortion under a bill Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed into law today, a reflective period supporters said they hoped would change some women’s minds before ending their pregnancies.

The number of abortions performed in Florida dropped by 10 percent between 2010 and 2014, but the decrease is less than in other Republican-led states that have more aggressive restrictions on the procedure.

Roughly 72,100 abortions were performed in Florida in 2014, a 9.7 percent dip from about 79,900 in 2010, according to state health records. The number of abortion clinics has remained steady at about 70 during the time period.

With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.

The measure (HB 633), sponsored by freshman Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, passed on a vote of 77-41, largely along party lines.

The debate followed party lines, too, with Republicans arguing for the sanctity of life and Democrats arguing for the right to choose.

A controversial abortion bill that now includes a new exemption is now heading to the Senate Floor, after passing its last committee hearing Monday. It’s also teed up for a vote on the House floor, despite continued opposition.

A bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions passed a second Senate panel Wednesday, while an identical version (HB 633) is ready to go to the House floor.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to approve the Senate measure (SB 724), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami.

It would add a 24-hour waiting period to the conditions for informed consent before women can terminate pregnancies.

A controversial abortion bill passed its first Senate committee Tuesday, despite much opposition.

The Florida Legislature is considering several new measures to restrict abortions, including one with a strong chance of passage that calls for a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo the procedure.

That measure, House Bill 0633, would require that a woman make one trip to the clinic for legally required counseling before coming back 24 hours later for the procedure. Another measure, House Bill 147, with less chance of passage, would require that abortion clinic doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

A woman would have to wait 24-hours before having an abortion under a proposal approved by a House Health panel Thursday. Such bills  have become a fixture in the Florida legislature.

Doctors Could Face New Requirement If Performing Abortions

Dec 29, 2014

A Northwest Florida lawmaker filed a proposal Monday that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The proposal (HB 147), filed by Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola Beach, is similar to measures that have spurred political and legal battles in other states. It would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals 30 miles or less from where the abortions take place.

Fact-Checking Crist Flip-Flops

Oct 11, 2014

In the race for Florida governor, the TV ads just keep coming.           

The latest ad from the Republican Party of Florida attacks Democratic candidate Charlie Crist for his changing positions on everything from party affiliation to Obamacare to the economic stimulus plan and abortion.

PolitiFact Florida saw the ad and fact-checked the flip flop accusations.

Court OKs Sound Restriction Outside Health Facilities

Aug 7, 2014

Rejecting arguments of anti-abortion activists, a federal appeals court Wednesday refused to block a West Palm Beach ordinance that bans amplified sound outside health-care facilities.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down a request for a preliminary injunction against the ordinance, which bars amplified sound, such as from loudspeakers, within 100 feet of the property line of any health-care facility, including abortion clinics.

Court Backs Teen in Abortion Notification Case

Jun 4, 2014

A state appeals court this week approved a request by a 17-year-old high-school honors student to receive an abortion without her parents being notified, overturning a decision of a Hillsborough County circuit judge.

The ruling Tuesday by the 2nd District Court of Appeal was the second case in a week stemming from a 2004 constitutional amendment that requires parents to be notified before their minor daughters can have abortions.

The Florida Legislature has voted to ban abortions if fetuses are shown to be able to live outside the womb on their own.

Before Friday’s Senate vote, Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) introduced an amendment banning vasectomies for men. Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) said Margolis wanted to show the male-dominated Senate what it’s like to have reproductive decisions made for you.

In a plea deal agreement that will drop a murder charge down to product tampering and mail fraud, John Andrew Welden admitted he tricked his ex-girlfriend into taking medication that would cause her to miscarry her pregnancy, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

John Andrew Welden, the man accused of tricking his ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that terminated her pregnancy, told investigators he didn’t want to bring a child into a divided home -- the kind he grew up in. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, court records depict a rocky childhood for Welden, now 28. His father, gynecologist Stephen Welden, admitted to extramarital affairs with a medical resident and a former patient -- lapses that drew him a reprimand and two years’ probation from the Board of Medicine. Welden and his wife divorced, but custody battles raged for years. Federal prosecutors say the younger Welden tricked the woman into taking Cytotec, after which she miscarried her 7-week-old embryo.