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Senate Tables Bill To Require Ultrasounds for Women Wanting Abortions

April 24th, 2008 by flanews

The state Senate debated but delayed a vote on a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. As Whitney Ray tells us, the delay may mean the bill doesnt have enough votes to pass.

Katie Phinazee is looking at pictures of the life inside of her. Katie was 19 when she found out she was pregnant.

I wasnt completely sure if I was ready to have a baby, said Katie.

Katie had dreams of being a college professor. She considered her options, have an abortion or put her plans on hold.

I had an ultrasound when I was 6 weeks pregnant and once I heard the heart beat, I knew I could do it from then on. Once I heard the heart there was no way, I couldnt be a mom, said Katie.

Katie didnt have to have an ultrasound but Senator Carey Baker wants to require one before women can have an abortion.

We as a state feel that women who are about to make a very important choice should have all the information available to them, and that information includes an ultrasound, said Baker.

While seeing and hearing the baby boy inside of her, helped Katie make up her mind, she doesnt think anyone one should be forced to have an ultrasound.

I think it would cut down on a lot of abortions, I dont know if its the right thing to do, said Katie.

Which is the exactly the thing lawmakers expect to happen if an ultrasound is required. In 2006, almost a hundred thousand abortions were preformed in Florida.

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