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Florida Gov. Crist Weighs Options On Abortion Bill

The Miami Herald: A controversial bill in Florida is putting Gov. Charlie Crist, who is currently campaigning for a Senate seat as an independent, in a tough spot. "The legislation -- forced through by House Republicans at the 11th hour of the legislative session -- requires women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound and listen to a doctor describe the fetus. … Supporters say this is just giving women the full picture before they make a decision, but opponents believe it is unnecessary intrusion that traumatizes patients." The bill is proving tricky in terms of how it will affect Crist's image as a candidate. "A veto fits the moderate image he is cultivating in his independent campaign, but it could carry significant baggage" (Frank, 5/6).

The Palm Beach Post: "Gov. Charlie Crist appears likely to veto a bill requiring women to see ultrasounds before they can get abortions, state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, said today" (Bennett, 5/5).

Health News Florida: "The governor has said he has 'very serious concerns''' about the bill. It is unclear when he will decide the issue, because legislative leaders have not yet gone through the formal process of sending him the bill. When he receives it, Crist will have 15 days to act on it" (Saunders, 5/6).

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