Florida Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds, Says They Do Not ‘Change Hearts’

By Staff | June 11, 2010 | 6:24 PM EDT

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 file photo, Gov. Charlie Crist speaks to editors and reporters at the Associated Press annual legislative meeting, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, file)

(CNSNews.com) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill passed by the Florida legislature that would have required a woman to undergo an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion, saying such measures “do not change hearts.”
“There are many medical or fiscal barriers that could be placed upon a woman in order to prevent her from following through on her constitutionally protected decision to end pregnancy,” said Crist in a letter to the Florida secretary of state explaining his veto. “However, such measures do not change hearts, which is the only true and effective way to ensure that a new life coming into the world is loved, cherished, and receives that care that is deserved.”
Crist also said that requiring an ultrasound before a baby is aborted placed an “inappropriate burden” on the woman seeking the abortion.
“This bill places an inappropriate burden on women seeking to terminate a pregnancy,” wrote Crist. “Individuals hold strong personal views on life, as I do. However, personal views should not result in laws that unwisely expand the role of government and coerce people to obtain medical tests or procedures that are not medically necessary. In this case, such action would violate a woman’s right to privacy.”