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Abortion ultrasound bill headed to Senate floor



By a 3-2 party line vote, the Senate health and human services appropriations committee just passed Majority Leader Dan Webster's bill (2400) requiring women seeking a first-trimester abortion to get an ultrasound that they'll likely have to pay for themselves.

South Florida Democrats Nan Rich and Frederica Wilson voted no.

"I think everything we can do to prevent abortion, we should be doing," Wilson said. "But I oppose this because I see it as an invasion of privacy."

Webster said: "I don't think it's an invasion of privacy. It's an opportunity for someone to see what's going on inside them, just like any other procedure."

The measure already passed in the House, so get ready for a debate on the Senate floor.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:51am]


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