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Abortion Regrets

June 10th, 2010 by flanews

(Tallahassee, FL) Fourteen women from across Florida, who had abortions, are now asking the governor to sign legislation that would make the procedure harder to get. Governor Charlie Crist is leaning toward vetoing the legislation but as Whitney Ray tells us, the women who regret their decisions want Crist to hear their stories first.

Tears of regret and sobs over past decisions followed 14 Florida women who traveled to Tallahassee Thursday to share stories about their abortions.The women belong to an anti-abortion group called Operation Outcry. Theyre asking Governor Charlie Crist to sign legislation requiring ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion.

They hand delivered testimonies from women who regret their abortions to the governor office; then placed baby shoes in the capitol courtyard. Each pair of shoes represents an abortion. On average there are 235 a day in Florida. Thats more than 85-thousand a year.

Dottie Rathel is writing a message on a pair of shoes representing the abortion she had more than 30 years ago. She says an ultrasound might have changed her mind.

What I aborted had arms, and legs, and fingers, and toes, said Dottie.

Opponents of the bill say forcing women to have an ultrasound and pay for it would make the procedure too expensive for some and undermines a womens ability to make her own decisions. The ACLU is fighting for a veto.

Its certainly a violation of womens privacy, said Courtney Strickland, with the ACLU.

While the women shared their stories silent protesters in the capitol rotunda joined the call for the governors signature. Governor Crist has until June 20th to make a decision on the legislation, but says hell act sooner than that.

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