1-day waiting period for abortions passes the Florida House on a near-party line vote

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Women seeking an abortion would face a one-day waiting period under a bill that appears likely to go to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.

It passed the state House on a near-party line vote Tuesday and is scheduled to come up on the Senate floor this week.

Democrats argued that the bill won't pass legal scrutiny under the Florida Constitution. They say it's burdensome to working poor women and an unnecessary government intrusion into women's lives. Republicans argued that a one-day cooling-off period is only a minor impediment and could save many women from making or being coerced into decisions they will later come to regret.

The bill includes an exception for victims of rape, incest and human trafficking but requires documentation of the crime.

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