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Florida lawmaker introduces strict abortion bill

Pregnant baby mother
(AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

A Florida lawmaker has introduced a Texas styled abortion bill that if passed, would prevent women from seeking an abortion after physicians can detect a fetal heartbeat.

The bill titled HB 167, was filed Wednesday by Republican State Rep. Webster Barnaby.

Like the Texas bill that passed by a  5 to 4 earlier this month, members of the public regardless of their affiliation to the person, can sue anyone who performs an abortion after the six week term has passed. If the person is successful in their lawsuit, they could be awarded $10,000.

Under the bill, members of the public can also sue anyone who “”aids or abets” the procedure or “pays for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance or otherwise … regardless of whether the person knew or should have known that the abortion would be performed.”

The bill also prevents government employees from file such lawsuits and counter suing.

Medical professionals say a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks when most women don’t know or are just finding out that they are pregnant.

The full bill can be read here.