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Alan Grayson draws fire from conservative group after posting controversial abortion post on Twitter

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Minutes after the Florida House approved a Senate amendment to a contentious abortion restrictions bill, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson let loose with a Twitter post quoting the television show VEEP. “If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM,” read the post, citing the show’s lead character, Selena Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The tweet immediately drew fire from the center-right group Better Florida Alliance. “Abortion is no laughing matter. Given Grayson’s past treatment of pregnant women comes as no…

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Legislature passes new strictures on abortion clinics

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The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that critics say would curtail women’s access to safe and legal abortions, while supporters say it simply “gets Florida out of the abortion business.” The measure to increase medical requirements on abortion clinics, sponsored by Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel, passed 25-15 after nearly half an hour of debate. After the Senate removed language pledging the state’s commitment to an “unborn child’s right to life,” which many legal observers could have added further constitutional complications,”…

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New law mandating 24-hour abortion waiting period delayed by state court

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Chief Judge Charles Francis of the state’s 2nd Circuit court issued an injunction on Tuesday that delays the implementation of a new law set to go into effect the next day, on July 1. The judge said in an 11-page ruling in favor of the plaintiffs that the law would do unjustified “irreparable harm” to Florida women seeking an abortion. “Plaintiffs have shown a substantial likelihood of success [of overturning the law] on the merits, that irreparable harm will result if the…

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Abortion waiting period advances, constitutional questions unanswered

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Abortion rights opponents and proponents packed a Senate meeting room Wednesday when the Judiciary Committee took up a proposal to mandate a 24-hour waiting period. SB 724 requires a face-to-face meeting between a physician and a woman to discuss the procedure at least 24 hours before it is performed. “When one makes a major decision 24 hours is not an undue burden,” Sen. Anitere Flores, the bill’s sponsor, told the committee. Flores is relying on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court…

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