Senate GOP leaders won’t back down from abortion voteby 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.