Tallahassee - A series of controversial abortion bills passed in the Florida House of Representatives Wednesday.

State lawmakers approved legislation that lays new ground rules for women seeking the procedure.

The debate that unfolded in Tallahassee was as personal as it was political, words backed up by deeply-held beliefs about the role of government, women's rights and even life itself.

"Members, think wisely! This is not a bill for Republicans or Democrats or because it's a Republican bill - this is Bible principles!" Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, said. "So, why should government pay for abortion or kill babies?"

Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, told the story of his daughter, who at 16 chose not to abort her child.

"Twenty-five years later, they're a happy, healthy family," he said. "Two words changed my life. Those two words are: great-grandfather."

A handful of Democrats crossed party lines to support the abortion bills, which would mandate the following:

* Teenagers would have to have their parents' permission
* Women of all ages would have to get an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion
* Publicly-funded insurance companies wouldn't cover abortions

Only a year ago, the ultrasound bill was vetoed by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

This time, supporters have Gov. Rick Scott on their side.

One of the bills would put a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would ban all public abortion funding.

Many Democrats said the amendment is an attempt by the GOP to drive more social conservatives to the polls.

The State Senate will take up the abortion legislation on Thursday. It is expected to pass and be on the governor's desk by the end of the week.

Even if Scott signs off on the bill, though, the measure still has to go on a ballot to get final approval from voters.