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Planned Parenthood asks court to block Florida abortion bill

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Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal district court to block restrictions on abortions signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Rick Scott. The bill is similar to legislation being challenged in court in other states, including Texas. State and federal laws already prohibit public money for abortion, but Florida’s bill goes a step further by preventing any state funds from going to any service by an organization that also provides abortions. It also requires that doctors…

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A diverse fundraiser signals Charlie Crist strategy

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It was a group rarely, if ever, seen together on Florida’s political money trail. There was Pat Neal, former executive director of the Florida Christian Coalition, mingling near Barbara A. Zdravecky, the head of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Nearby, former Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Bob Waechter chatted amiably at the appetizer table with the very Democrat, Shirley Brown, he worked to defeat four years earlier for School Board and has vowed to defeat this year. In another…

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