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Florida’s 24-hour abortion waiting period to take effect

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A Florida appeals court on Friday ordered the enforcement of a state law that that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The 1st District Court of Appeal lifted an injunction that blocked the waiting period from taking effect. In its decision, the three-judge panel contended that a circuit judge did not have enough facts or evidence to support blocking the law. Judge Charles Francis had blocked the law one day before the waiting period was scheduled…

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Abortion rights activists object to waiting period bill

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Abortion rights backers objected angrily to time limits on public comments as a bill requiring a 24 hour waiting period for an abortion got its first Senate committee approval Tuesday. The legislation, SB 724 sponsored by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, would require that a woman wait 24 hours after a legally required counseling session with a physician before having the procedure. Supporters say it’s intended to create a period for reflection before an important decision that a woman might come…

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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…

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Kevin Burns ends bid for U.S. Senate to run for State Senate seat Dan Gelber is vacating

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Less than a week after filing papers to run, former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will announce at  Wednesday’s Democracy for America meeting in Coral Gables that he is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead run for the state Senate seat that Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, is vacating to run for attorney general. With real estate billionaire Jeff Greene announcing on Friday that he would enter the Democratic primary for the Senate, Burns and his team…

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