How does Florida abortion bill compare to Texas' abortion law?

Nate Chute, Austin American-Statesman on

Published in Political News

Texas' abortion law has no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, but the proposed Florida bill does.

Barnaby's bill would require documentation as evidence to show the woman seeking an abortion was a victim of rape, incest, domestic violence, human trafficking or having a physical condition that would create substantial risk to the women's health.

Reporting rape:Gov. Greg Abbott wants to eliminate rape. More than 90% of sexual assault cases in Texas are never reported.

Texas' law does have an exception for abortion in cases of medical emergencies.

Both bills do not contain the term "fetus." Instead, they use the term "unborn child" as part of the definition for an abortion. Texas' law uses the term just once when defining terms used in the bill but the Florida bill uses the phrase 56 times.


It includes a new definition for abortion, describing it as "the termination of human pregnancy with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead unborn child."

The CDC defines abortion as a legally permitted procedure done by a licensed clinician "that is intended to terminate a suspected or known ongoing intrauterine pregnancy and that does not result in a live birth."


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