Despite the fact the Republican-controlled Florida legislature has had to deal with a myriad of issues, including the economy, immigration, education and a crackdown on Florida's deadly prescription pain pill problem, the legislators still found time to carve out a new round of anti-abortion measures. The legislature has sent a bill requiring woman to be offered an ultrasound before they terminate a pregnancy that will likely be signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Though, even some Republican female lawmakers seem to resent it.
The bill is a watered-down version of a bill that was passed last year, but ultimately vetoed by then-Governor Charlie Crist. The bill requires all women undergoing an abortion, even if it is the result of incest or rape, to have an ultrasound. The bill makes no mention of who will pay for the ultrasound. The bill would then require doctors to review the ultrasound with a client unless the woman signs a form stating she does not want to hear the description. However, woman who are the victims of incest, rape, domestic violence, or human trafficking would not have to sign anything to decline the description.
Gov. Rick Scott has signaled that he will sign it.
However, not all Republicans were on board with the bill. Two Republican women senators led arguments against the bill.
"I will vote no on every abortion bill," Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormand Beach) said during debate. "It is the wrong thing for us to be discussing."
Lynn feels that her fellow Senators should have focused on more pressing issues.
"I came up here to help put food on the table," she continued. "I came up here to get people jobs. I came up here to protect people from the kinds of safety issues that fire and police take care of. I came up here to protect education."
Her Republican colleague Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice echoed the sentiment.
"I'm prolife for me and everyone else is on their own," she said. "I personally resent writing legislation that acts like I'm too stupid to confer with my own doctor."
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Though, the bill ultimately passed 24-15 in the Senate after having been previously passed in the House.
[HeraldTribune: Anti-abortion measures OK'd; Scott will sign]