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Florida Governor Signs Ultrasound Bill, Parental Notification Bill Into Law

Robin Marty

Governor Rick Scott signed two new pieces of abortion legislation late Friday evening.

Despite the valiant fight over the last year, mandatory ultrasounds are now law in Florida, as Republican Governor Rick Scott signed that and parental notification requirements into law late Friday evening.


A year after former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a similar proposal, Gov. Rick Scott late Friday signed a bill that will require ultrasounds before women can receive abortions.

Scott also approved a bill aimed at tightening the state law that requires parents to be notified before their minor daughters can have abortions.

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Scott signed both controversial bills quietly, with his office notifying reporters after 7 p.m.

A mandatory ultrasound bill went through a very lengthy and embittered battle during the 2010 legislative session, as Republicans and Democrats fought tooth and nail over its passage.  The bill was eventually vetoed by Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who was running for senate as an Independent.  Christ eventually lost his bid to Republican Marco Rubio.

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