E-Scroll April 11, 2014


BACKGROUND: HB 59 (Ahern) and SB 162 (Stargel) establish the Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which provides that a person who engages in criminal conduct that causes the death of, or injury to, an unborn child commits a criminal offense separate from the offense against the mother.


BACKGROUND: The State of Florida currently prohibits abortions in the third trimester, with exceptions for the life and physical and mental health of the mother. However, as a result of medical and technological advances, increasing numbers of children are surviving outside of the womb prior to 24 weeks gestation.


The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II April 27 will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church.

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