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Gov. Crist explains his abortion bill veto



Gov. Charlie Crist rejected a controversial abortion bill Friday, using his veto pen to repudiate the conservative Republicans who elected him and championed the legislation as "the most significant prolife measure in Florida's history."

The legislation required most women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound and listen to a doctor describe the fetus, unless they signed a form to opt out. The bill also included a provision to ensure that tax dollars didn't cover elective abortions.

"This bill places an inappropriate burden on women seeking to terminate pregnancy," Crist wrote in his veto message, saying he put his personal "prolife" views aside in making the decision.

Read the full story from the Times and see Crist's memo regarding the veto.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 10:19am]


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