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Florida House passes bill to prohibit some abortion procedures

A bill prohibiting various types of abortion passed the Florida House on Thursday.

The proposal, known as HB 1429, was pushed forward with a 74-42 vote by legislators. Votes were cast mostly along party lines, with only two Democrats voting for the legislation and three Republicans voting against it.

The bill would prohibit medical providers from using forceps, clamps, or similar devices in what it calls "dismemberment abortions," a nonmedical term used to describe an abortion that removes the fetus from the womb.

It would also outlaw second-trimester abortions.

According to the most recent data from the Agency for Health Care Administration, 68,935 abortions were reported in Florida during 2017, with 3,055 occurring during the second trimester.

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