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Senate GOP leaders won’t back down from abortion vote

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2010

Senate Republican leaders are moving forward with a vote on a controversial abortion bill that is shutting down business in the House today.

Sen. Andy Gardiner, the sponsor of an amendment that would require every woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound, said the Senate will pass the bill shortly and send it to the House for a vote.

“We are going to vote on this bill. We’re going to send it to them. After that they can do what they want to do,” said Gardiner, R-Orlando.

House Democrats, who make up slightly more than one-third of the chamber, are blocking bills from being voted on because of the 11th-hour measure tacked onto a nursing home bill late yesterday. The Dems say they won’t back down unless GOP House leaders refuse to let the abortion bill be heard.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill and pass it shortly.

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6 Responses to “Senate GOP leaders won’t back down from abortion vote”

  1. Tom Says:

    When did the House Democrats become two-thirds of the chamber? Check your facts before you publish.

  2. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Read what he said. It doesn’t say they make up 2/3′, it says they make up slightly over 1/3.

  3. Tom Says:

    Thanks Jupiter Guy but the author updated it once I pointed out her mistake.

  4. Dave Says:

    I’m glad the legislature is putting their time to good use and fighting the abortion epidemic that is threatening to destroy our country. Unfortunately, there are people who actually believe that, so they may not have sensed the sarcasm in that statement. Why do Republicans want to enact legislation that will likely inflict greater emotional pain for the mother
    than she will already go through. Since they can’t outlaw abortion, it seems they want to punish those who CHOOSE to have one by making them view an ultrasound of the fetus they are about to abort. I’m sure they’ll say the intent of this legislation is to try to convince would be mothers not to have the procedure. Assuming for the sake of argument that is their intent (which I do not believe), is it the government’s job to intervene and enact legislation to try to sway a patient’s decision, especially considering abortion is LEGAL? What about the girl who is raped? Should she have to see the fetus that was conceived at the hands of rapist? The legislature should try spending thier time doing something productive instead of trying to force the citizens of this state to adhere to their relgious views.

  5. SheliaJoy Says:

    I do not beleive in abortion however I do beleive that this is my body. If I decide to carry a baby to term or to have an abortion that is my choice. I do not see how the Florida Republican gov’t can be so upset with Healthcare Reform however want to mandate that a lady’s body is up for legislation.

  6. Dennis Says:

    The legislature should not be spending time regulating moral issues. How can we have a group of mostly men make laws that govern woman. If it is such a high priority to not have abortions why aren’t they spending time and money on better brith control and law inforcement against rapist. Makeing a woman have to view an ultrasound is abusive and against freedom of choice. If a patient don’t want to see an xray of a cancerous tumor you don’t make them do that. This is wrong and those that support this should be voted out!

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