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Dennis Baxley files Senate ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

The controversial measure is now in both chambers.

A controversial abortion measure known as the “fetal heartbeat bill” has been filed in the Florida Senate, mirroring a bill filed last month in the House.

Sen. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican, filed the proposal (SB 792) on Wednesday for consideration during the Legislative Session that starts March 5.

The proposal would bar doctors from performing abortions after fetal heartbeats have been detected. In a prepared statement Thursday, Baxley pointed to the number of abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

“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,” Baxley said. “The heartbeat has always been the clear signal of the presence of life, and that life must be protected.”

Rep. Mike Hill, a Pensacola Republican, filed an identical bill (HB 235) last month, drawing opposition from abortion-rights supporters.

Similar legislation has drawn heavy debate in other states and, in some cases, has led to legal battles about whether it violates abortion rights. An Iowa judge, for example, ruled last month that the state’s fetal-heartbeat law was unconstitutional.

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  1. Dylan Nuxoll

    February 7, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    He is such an embarrassment. I am embarrassed more and more each date having this old fart as my state senator He belongs in a church not the state senate. He’s such a bible thumping fool. Separation of church and state? Republicans love the constitution aside from the parts they don’t. Why don’t Braxley do something about kids getting murdered at school. Or kids not having healthcare. Or not locking kids up in cages. Republicans only care about the fetus. That damn fetus better be born in the name of christ! After that? eh fuck em!

  2. Cecily

    February 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

    this guy look like he hasn’t had a heartbeat in 50 years

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