On Tuesday — 11 days after Florida lawmakers passed a bill that requires a 24-hour waiting period for abortions — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel urged support for a federal bill that would nullify the bill and other abortion regulations imposed by states.
While Florida lawmakers await Gov. Rick Scott’s signature on the state’s most recent abortion regulation, Frankel acknowledged that the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015 has little chance of passing since support is split along party lines in the Republican led Congress. Efforts by the federal government to nullify laws and regulations passed by states would likely face legal challenges.
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Still, “we have to be vigilant and persistent,” said Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.
Frankel opened her press conference at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach saying she knew a friend who had a “backstreet abortion” before abortion became legal in 1973. There were complications, but her friend lived, Frankel said.
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