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Charlie Crist hints at abortion ultrasound bill veto

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Charlie Crist has all but said he would likely veto a controversial bill requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion.

“On two fronts it disturbs me,” Crist said today during a meeting with The Tampa Tribune’s editorial board. “That you would force a woman to go through this procedure . . . almost seems mean-spirited. To have your government impose on you, listen to a lecture, then on top of that, you have to pay for it.”

Crist said he has not yet received House Bill 1143. Once it reaches his desk, he’ll have 15 days to sign the bill or veto it. He said there is “probably not a whole lot” keeping him from saying he’s against it.

“Just time,” Crist said. “Trying to gain more wisdom. I’ve got 15 days. I’m going to use them.” Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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