Senate passes abortion bill requiring ultrasoundsby 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.