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Florida House passes bill to ban abortions based on disability

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A bill passed by the House on Friday will now ban Florida doctors from performing abortions if they know, or should have known, the woman was ending her pregnancy because of a test or diagnosis that the fetus will be born with a disability.

Doctors who do end a pregnancy based solely on a physical or mental disability would be guilty of a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The bill passed on a 74-44 vote, with nearly all Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.