The Florida Senate has moved ahead with two pieces of legislation making it more difficult for taxpayers to fund abortion, and a similar provision to the first piece of legislation is scheduled in the Florida House.
On Monday, the Senate Health Regulation Committee passed SB 1414 that would made it so health insurance plans under the state exchange would not be able to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars in nearly all cases. Sen. Stephen R. Wise, a Jacksonville Republican, sponsored the bill and it would block policies that include abortion if public money is involved as either a subsidy for the person who is shopping for coverage or a business tax credit.
The second measure the committee approved is a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that bans any state taxpayer funding of abortion unless necessary to save the life of the mother and it is a bill sponsored by Rep. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican. The amendment would apply to the health care plans of all public employees in Florida.