Proposed limit on Florida abortion rights fails

10:28 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would have curtailed abortion rights has been defeated.

Amendment 6 garnered support from only 44 percent of voters on Tuesday with most ballots counted. All amendments require 60 percent voter approval.

The proposal was placed on the ballot by the Republican-majority Legislature. It would have prohibited taxpayer funding of abortions, which the state doesn't do anyway.

The measure also would have exclude abortion from privacy rights protected by the Florida Constitution, which are stronger than those in the U.S. Constitution.

It was seen by supporters and opponents alike as a step toward requiring minors to get parental consent for abortions.

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