Bill restricting abortions, Planned Parenthood goes to Scott

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A bill adding new restrictions on abortion and Planned Parenthood is going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The state Senate passed the bill Wednesday 15-24, largely along party lines.

It mirrors restrictions on abortion clinics and providers being challenged in court cases in other states including Louisiana and Texas.

The bill prohibits state money for any service from going to an organization that also provides elective abortions. It requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges, or that the clinic have a patient transfer agreement. It redefines dates of pregnancy trimesters, which affects when abortions can be performed.

Backers say the bill is aimed at protecting women’s health, but opponents say it’s an unconstitutional attempt to restrict abortion rights.

Scott has declined to say whether he’ll sign it.

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