[UPDATE] by Ashley Mitchem on 6-25-11 7:00 PM --
Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that will require ultrasounds before women can receive first-trimester abortions.The requirement was already in place for later-term abortions.
This comes a year after former Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a similar proposal.
Women will have to sign forms if they don't want to see the fetal images or hear descriptions.
Scott also approved a bill aimed at tightening the state law that requires parents to be notified before their minor daughters have abortions.
The parental-notice measure, Scott signed, seeks to tighten restrictions on what is known as judicial "bypass." That process allows minors to seek court approval for abortions without their parents being notified.
Most people didn't even know about the new laws because it was signed recently and discreetly.
Only time will tell if the changes lower the abortion rates.
Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Governor Rick Scott has signed two abortion
bills into law.
One of them (HB 1127) requires women to undergo ultrasounds
before getting an abortion. The other (HB 1247) makes it more
difficult for minors to get court waivers from Florida's parental
Among the other laws Scott signed Friday was a law (SB 1676)
that would set limits on lawsuits against nonprofit Florida
teaching hospitals and their staffs. Another law (SB 644)
strengthens Florida's "Silver Alert" program that helps find
missing elderly people.
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