Ultrasound bill passes Senate Health Regulations Committee

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The Senate Health Regulation Committee on Monday approved a measure (SB 1744) that would require heath care providers to conduct ultrasounds before performing any abortion, reports the News Service of Florida. A patient could sign a waiver to avoid seeing the ultrasound, but would be required to hear a description of the developmental stage of the fetus. The bill, which was approved by the Legislature last year but vetoed by former Gov. Charlie Crist, passed on a largely party-line vote, with Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg , joining Democrats in dissent. ? believe the government needs to stay out of situations like this,?Latvala said. The bill now travels to the Senate Budget Commmittee. Ultrasounds are already required in second and third trimester abortions, but the measure would require them in any point in a pregnancy

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