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Senator Baxley, District 12 — Press Release


February 7, 2019

CONTACT: Matt McClain, 850-487-5012

Senator Baxley Files Fetal Heartbeat Bill

SB 792 would prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected

Tallahassee —

Senator Dennis Baxley (R-Lady Lake) today announced the filing of SB 792, known otherwise as the fetal heartbeat bill. This legislation would prohibit the termination of a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. SB 792 also requires a physician to perform an examination for, and inform a woman seeking to obtain an abortion of the presence of a fetal heartbeat.

Sen. Baxley said, “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.”

Similar legislation was passed in Ohio late last year, but was ultimately vetoed by their Governor. “I think we have a great opportunity this year”, said Sen. Baxley. “Our new Governor, Ron DeSantis has expressed support for meaningful pro-life legislation, so I don’t think we’ll run in to the same issues that Ohio did.”

For more information on SB 792 or to read the complete bill language, please visit