The St. Petersburg Times editorial board – to whom Charlie listens to more than anyone else save his Mother and Father – urges Governor Crist to veto HB 1143.
Abortion-rights opponents have spent weeks pressuring Gov. Charlie Crist to sign legislation that would require all women seeking a first trimester abortion to submit to an ultrasound. But the newly independent Crist needs to exercise http://saintpetersblog.com/wp-admin/edit.phphis veto and protect a woman’s right to privacy.
Crist is no abortion-rights advocate. He has supported restrictions in the past, but none this extreme. He has said he is more interested in changing hearts and minds than in trampling constitutional rights. A veto is consistent with that personal philosophy. But it is also in the best interest of all Floridians for government to stay out of such personal decisions. Crist would stand on the side of women’s rights and limited government by vetoing this bill.