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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Apr 08th 2008, 11:47 PM
Women in Florida may soon have to have an ultrasound before they can get an abortion. It is already nearly impossible here with all the restrictions. Now in addition to the ultrasound, rape victims must have proof of their assault if they want to forego the ultrasound.

And if you don't have insurance, guess you pay for the ultrasound yourself.

It passed the Florida House on April 2, and the Senate just approved it in the health regulation committee.

Chan Lowe puts it powerfully.



With all the serious problems this state has, the Republican-dominated legislature always manages to find the time to address this subject in an election year. Gay marriage, in recent years, has become another reliable vote-getter. It's one of those amazing natural phenomena that the fate of the unborn and the sanctity of heterosexual marriage never seem to be under threat in years that end with odd numbers.
From the Sun Sentinel

Now more details from the Florida Baptist Witness, the official newsletter of the Southern Baptist Church in Florida. It is also the voice of the Florida Republican-led legislature, sadly. It is where they go to cater to the religious right in Florida.

Senate panel approves ultrasound abortion bill

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – The Senate Health Regulation Committee approved legislation requiring ultrasounds prior to an abortion on a largely party-line, 4-3 vote April 8, with one Democrat supporting the bill and one Republican in opposition.

Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Webster (R-Winter Garden), a member of First Baptist Church of Central Florida in Orlando, a similar bill, HB 257, was approved by the Florida House of Representatives on April 2.

“Now, if you’re afraid of the facts or afraid of the truth than you’re going to hide that. I don’t want to hide it; I want it to be available,” Webster said of ultrasounds that vividly show the growing life in the womb.

Noting that Florida’s informed consent law already requires ultrasounds be performed on pregnant women and girls seeking abortions in the second and third trimester, Webster rhetorically asked, “what’s the difference between the last six months and the first three? It’s just a matter of where that fetus in the development is. And this is an opportunity to see first hand. … This is better information than a piece of paper.”


I fear for my state with its present leaders. The Democrats, instead of calling them out publicly on such things as this...mostly choose to go along to get along.



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