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McCollum urges Crist to sign abortion bill

Attorney General Bill McCollum sent a letter to Charlie Crist on Friday urging him to sign the controversial abortion bill (HB 1143) expected to hit the governor's desk next week.

The move is not surprising given that a key provision in the bill gives McCollum's office better legal justification for suing President Barack Obama for the federal health care mandate.

But the bill (originally designed to tighten controls of nursing homes) has become a lightning rod because of the abortion issue. "Ensuring that patients are fully informed prior to making a critical health care decision should be a policy we all support," McCollum wrote.

McCollum didn't address the fact his support represents an apparent contradiction: he is fighting a health care mandate (the federal law) while supporting a state health care mandate (an ultrasound before abortions in the first trimester).

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:41am]


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