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Death of a fetus: Murder charge?

Two bills dealing with fetus rights are set to be debated on the House floor.

Under one bill, causing the death of a fetus would lead to a murder charge, no matter how far along the pregnancy is.

Opponents say the bill (HB 513) is an attempt to change the law on when life begins in Florida by giving rights to all fetuses and to ultimately infringe on a woman's right to have an abortion.

Another bill (HB 257) would require an ultrasound to be performed and shown to any woman before she can get an abortion.

Comparable bills (SB 2480, SB 2400) have been filed in the Senate for both proposals, but neither has passed a committee.

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