TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill
that would have required women seeking an abortion during the first
trimester to undergo an ultrasound exam and pay for it.
Crist said Friday it put an inappropriate burden on women
seeking an abortion.
The Republican-led Legislature tacked amendments onto a
non-controversial health care bill (HB 1143) that also would have
required women to view the live image or have it described by a
doctor. The only exception would be if they could prove they were
victims of rape, incest or domestic violence.
Ultrasound exams can cost between a few hundred dollars and
$1,500 and the women would have also been required to pay for the
Democrats and many female Republican senators had asked Crist to
veto the bill.