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Legislature sends Charlie Crist infamous HB 1143 requiring an ultrasound before an abortion

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Florida’s Republican legislative leaders sent Gov. Charlie Crist a measure Monday that wouild require women with first-trimester pregancies pay for an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion, starting the 15-day window for the governor to act on the bill.

Crist has said repeatedly he has “concerns” about the bill, HB1143, passed on the final day of the spring lawmaking session, and supporters have been mounting a campaign to pressure him to sign it. Crist will have until June 22 to sign the bill, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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