Sen. Dennis Baxley files fetal heartbeat bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB)-- In a statement issued Thursday, February 7, Senator Dennis Baxley, a Republican representing the 12th district, announced in a press release the filing of SB 792, also known as the fetal heartbeat bill.

The proposed bill would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It was also mean that physicians would need to perform an examination to determine the existence of the heartbeat and inform the woman of its presence.

"It's time for us to face our history of the last 46 years and the 60 million faces of our offspring that we have extinguished. The heartbeat has always been the clear signal of the presence of life, and that life must be protected," said Sen. Baxley.

Sen. Baxley says that he believes that the new Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, will support this legislation if it makes it before him, as he has expressed support for pro-life legislation in the past.

Similar legislation was passed in Ohio in 2018, but was vetoed by their Governor at the time, John Kasich.