Tuesday, March 6, 2012
24-Hour Waiting Period Halted by Florida Senate
Reuters: Abortion bill stalls in Florida Senate, by Michael Peltier:
A controversial measure requiring women to wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion stalled on Monday in the Florida Senate, virtually ending the possibility of its passage before lawmakers adjourn later this week.
A procedural vote to bring the issue to the floor from committee failed on a 23-16 vote, less than the two-thirds needed in the 40-member chamber.
The failure makes the issue unavailable for further debate, while highlighting the divisions even among Republicans over a hot-button issue for social conservatives nationwide in this presidential election year. . . .