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Florida House Will Take Up Abortion Bill

Girls under the age of 18 would need a parent or guardian's consent before getting an abortion under the bill

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    Florida House Will Take Up Abortion Bill
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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - AUGUST 20: People on scooters pass a monument dedicated to Confederate Soldiers from Leon County, with the Civil War battles that they participated in listed on the four sides of the base located in front of Florida's Historic Capitol, as the United States is in the midst of a controversy over whether Confederate symbols should be removed from public display on August 20, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. The issue is at the heart of a debate about race in America and a recent protest in Charlottesville, VA turned deadly as white-supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators over a confederate statue. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Girls under the age of 18 would need a parent or guardian's consent before getting an abortion under a bill now headed to the full Florida House.

    The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill Tuesday. It's the bill's only committee stop — a rarity for legislation and a signal that it's a priority for Republican House leadership.

    Florida now requires doctors to notify parents when a minor seeks an abortion, but the state doesn't require parental consent. If the bill becomes law, parents and guardians would have to sign a notarized letter before an abortion could be performed on a minor.

    Minors would have the option of petitioning a judge for an exception.

    The same bill passed the House earlier this year, but the Senate refused to take it up.

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