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Abortion, 'anti-Shariah' bills pass House, but fate uncertain in Senate
by Rochelle Koff
Controversial bills that would prohibit the use of Islamic law being applied in state courts, make the death of an unborn child a separate crime from an offense committed against the mother, and ban abortions based on an unborn child's gender or race passed the Florida House Thursday.
The proposals, which passed largely along party lines, must still be approved by the Senate. Those prospects are uncertain as the legislative session enters its final two weeks.
The most heated exchange Thursday came during debate over HB 845, which would require a doctor to sign an affidavit that a woman is not seeking an abortion based on sex or gender.
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