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Kendrick Meek calls on Charlie Crist to veto measure that would require women seeking abortion to pay for an ultrasound

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From Mitch Perry: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek this afternoon criticized the Florida Legislature’s passage Friday of a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to pay for an ultrasound and hear a doctor give a description of the fetus.  The bill also includes a prohibition against the use of state or federal dollars for abortions.

Speaking outside a Cuban restaurant in West Tampa, CL asked Congressman Meek his thoughts on the measure, which had not been discussed in the legislature all session until this past Wednesday.

“That’s a perfect example of what’s going on in Tallahassee,” he said with disdain.  “I understand that they didn’t even have a committee hearing on the bill.  They just stuck it in the bill and passed it on the floor. “

When asked if Governor Crist should veto the bill when it comes to his desk, he said “absolutely,” adding, “I’m for preventing abortions in the first place.  But a woman has a right to choose in her situation. . ..I think when you have something slipped into a bill without a hearing or giving individuals an opportunity to hear from people are going to be most affected by it…it adds another step to a very difficult decision that families have to make, and nine times out of ten, women have to make on their own.” 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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