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Rubio urges Crist to sign abortion bill; Meek wants veto

Marco Rubio said today he supports a controversial abortion bill passed by the Florida Legislature and awaiting a decision by Gov. Charlie Crist, who has sent strong signals he will veto the measure.

"It is my hope that Governor Crist will come down on the side of life, and sign HB 1143 into law, or at least allow it to become law without his signature," Rubio said in a statement. "This commonsense measure is a small but important step toward providing women with vital information during perhaps the most critical healthcare decision they will ever make." 

Kendrick Meek, the leading Democrat in the race for U.S. Senate, has written to the governor urging a veto, callin it "a misguided measure to require pregnant woman to pay for an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion."

More from Rubio and Meek in the jump.

Rubio: "While it has not received as much attention as the ultrasound provision, this legislation will also allow Florida to opt out of the abortion coverage mandate in the federal healthcare overhaul which was recently passed. If Governor Crist vetoes this legislation, he will clear the way for taxpayer funding of abortion in Florida, an extreme policy which runs contrary to the mainstream values most Floridians share. The reality is that this legislation will save lives, and I hope that fact alone will outweigh any concerns Governor Crist may have."

Meek: "The abortion language, unheard or discussed in any legislative committee and brought up as an amendment to a minimally-related bill in the waning hours of session, can hardly be construed as a way to inform patients, as its proponents claim. Instead, this language was added as a method to, first, provide financial obstacles to a woman seeking to terminate her pregnancy, and if that doesn’t work, to dissuade her from doing so." His letter is here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:34am]


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