A bill to ban abortion coverage in Florida’s public health systems has passed the Florida House of Representatives.
The bill, which would end abortion-related coverage in the state’s public schools, is a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the so-called “personhood” amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Under the bill, coverage for abortion services would end for all students enrolled in Florida public schools.
The Florida Times-Union reports that the bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Michael Henson, told the Times-Standard that the proposal is not aimed at ending abortion coverage for students.
Instead, it aims to ensure that all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, will be able to access health services.
“We want to ensure all students have access to all types of health care services,” Henson said.
“We want people to have access.
And if we have to have that coverage, then we will.”
The proposed bill was introduced last month by state Sen. Matt Gaetz.
It is not expected to be enacted.