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Parental consent abortion bill advances in Florida Senate

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 17:23:24-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A change to Florida's abortion law is one step closer to passing.

After more than two hours of debate, a divided Judiciary Committee advanced Senate Bill 404.

That requires minors to get parental consent before they get an abortion.

The bill made it through the House last session but not the Senate. This year it's making steady process amongst Senators.

Wednesday's vote means only one committee remains before the bill reaches the chamber floor. Republicans have the majority in the legislature and largely support the measure.

"It's not a partisan issue," saidSen. Kelli Stargel - (R) Lakeland. "It's more about having the family have the opportunity to have a discussion with their minor daughter."

Florida already requires minors to notify parents.

The bill's opponents believe it will lead to more unsafe abortions. Some have suggested the legislation's true goal is the Supreme Court review which would challenge abortion law as a whole.