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St. Pete Times editorial: Charlie Crist should veto HB 1143

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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 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.

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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