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.