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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs abortion bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, pictured giving his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published Jun. 13, 2014

TALLAHASSEE — Under a new law, abortions will be illegal in Florida at any point in a woman's pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that redefines that state's current third trimester abortion ban.

Current law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk. The new law will require women to have a doctor determine whether a fetus is viable before having an abortion.

The law takes effect July 1. It keeps an exception if a mother's life is at risk or to prevent irreversible physical impairment of a mother's major bodily function.

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