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Senate passes abortion bill requiring ultrasounds

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2010

The Florida Senate approved possibly one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation that would require women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion.

Pregnant women could opt out of viewing the image of the fetus by signing a form but must have the ultrasound and pay for it.

The bill (1143) passed by a 23-16 vote after an at-times emotional debate.
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Sen. Mike Bennett said that the measure, shot down on a tie-vote two years ago, was intended to make women seeking abortions feel worse.

“You want them to feel more miserable on this tough choice that they’re going to make in their lives,” Bennett, R-Bradenton, said.

But even supporters of the measure indicated its purpose was to dissuade women from having the procedure.

“We are not making abortion illegal. We are giving women one more chance to make an informed decision,” said Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami.

The bill sponsor said women could opt out of looking at the sonogram if they want to.

“All this bill says, is give us the opportunity to view an ultrasound. That’s it. You can decline it. You don’t have to see it. But after you’ve been informed of all the anomalies., all the potential problems, maybe it’ll have an impact on your decision, you’ll see the heartbeat and you’ll realize this is about making the most important decision of your life,” said Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando.

House Democrats held up passage of some bills over the abortion bill. They don’t want GOP House leaders to take up the measure.

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One Response to “Senate passes abortion bill requiring ultrasounds”

  1. Mike T Says:

    Sadly, this bill has been terribly politized by both sides.

    Fact is, if either side did not politize this or that way, you would recognize it for what it truly is about: MEDICAL INFORMED CONSENT.

    It probably is a legal liability for any medical professsional to have you undergo any significant voluntary medical procedure without prior diagnostic test which enpowers every patient with more objective knowledge prior to goint “under the knife”. It is amazing these patients are not granted equal empowerment to make an authentic “Choice”, with modern medical diagnostics because of the political overtones.

    It is obvious many Democrats as well as Repubclicans are looking at this for political gain. And the Abortion industry monetary gain. The bottom line is the enpowering the individual. If the individual denies himself such a right then so be it. But the bill also grands anyone such a right-to-decline.

    So in the name of PATIENT RIGHTS. I hope this bill passes regardless of covert underlying intentions. The bottom line here lies with the patient. She is the one whom makes a CHOICE to gain more information or not in order to make THE CHOICE…not someone else imposing themselves to force her to have an ultrasound or deny her the choice to have one.

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