Sunday, April 29, 2007

Florida Wants To Throw A Roadblock At Abortion...

TALLAHASSEE - "A woman seeking an abortion in Florida would have to wait 24 hours before going through with it under a bill passed Friday by the state House. The measure could also make it more likely that she would see an ultrasound image of the fetus before undergoing the procedure.

The House may be as far as that idea goes this year, however, with the waiting period and the effort to require more pre-abortion ultrasounds unlikely to be accepted by the Senate.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trey Traviesa, R-Orlando, would require abortion providers perform ultrasounds before almost all abortions, instead of just those in the second or third trimesters as required by current law.

Viewing the images would be optional, but women would have to sign waivers stating they declined the doctors' offers to do so.

The bill (HB 1497) passed 71-42, mostly along party lines with Republicans in favor.

The 24-hour waiting period and ultrasound sections of the bill were tacked onto what had started out as a less controversial measure that was meant to help judges make decisions in cases in which a minor is seeking to have an abortion without notifying her parents."

George over at Stuck on Stupid had emailed me about this but I'd already checked it out in the Gainesville Sun and was preparing something to say.

And yes, but of course it passed along party lines and thank the heavens we're top-heavy with Republicans in the House.

Doesn't go anywhere NEAR far enough, but I'm not the sort to demand someone else think the same way and act the same way and feel the same way.

Just stop killing babies.

It is NOT an acceptable method of birth control.

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