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Abortion Bill Would Let Women Sue Doctors 10 Years Later

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

State lawmakers are advancing a measure giving women the opportunity to sue over physical or emotional injuries from an abortion.

The measure could impact doctors’ liability insurance.

Doctors can already be brought to court through the medical malpractice system, but Vero Beach Republican Representative Erin Grall’s bill would give patients a new way to sue for physical or emotional damages.

Representative Jay Fant, a Republican from Jacksonville, voices concerns about what that would do to insurance premiums.

“Do those premiums extend to providers or physicians outside of the abortion industry, or do we know if they would be applied just to the abortion providers,” Fant said.

The proposal would give women up to 10 years after a procedure to file suit.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.