Florida Senate panel approves 24-hour abortion waiting period

Bill Cotterell writes for Tallahassee Democrat: “A bill mandating a 24-hour waiting period for abortion cleared its first committee in a straight party-line vote Tuesday, with feminist opponents objecting that Republican legislative leaders gave them no chance to be heard.

“We should not have this interference, especially from men who don’t conceive and don’t have babies,” Barbara DeVane, a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women, said after the Senate Health Policy Committee approved the bill. “They are for de-regulation of everything except women’s decisions about their own health.””