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Rick Scott says he would have signed abortion/ultrasound bill

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Only days after Bill McCollum distributed an ad accusing him of “profiting from abortions,” Rick Scott is now defending his record on abortion issues.

In an audio clip posted on his site (h/t to the Florida Independent), Scott says:

I am pro-life. I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life. I believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and as governor, would appoint judges who apply law and not impose their political agenda on the people, which was what was done in 1973 when Roe was wrongly decided.

As governor, I would have signed the pro-life ultrasound legislation that has passed both houses of the Florida legislature and was vetoed by Charlie Crist for political reasons.

This important legislation not only demonstrates that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life but also prevents Florida taxpayers from funding abortion through the federal health care plan that recently passed Congress.

As governor, I will be an advocate for pro-life issues. I will support a permanent ban on embryonic stem cell research. We should never experiment with or discard human life. I’m appreciative that science has shown that adult stem cells can yield scientific advances. We need to find much-needed cures for debilitating diseases. As chairman of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, I worked with like-minded organizations in opposing abortion coverage in the ObamaCare bill.

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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