COPY-Senate to debate ultrasound bill

Associated Press - April 25, 2008 4:24 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Senate is set to debate whether women seeking first trimester abortions should be required to have an ultrasound and be given an opportunity to see the picture.

Ultrasounds are already required before second or third trimester abortions in Florida. The bill would extend the requirement to the first, and say the doctor must ask women if they want to look at it.

Women would be allowed to decline.

A similar bill has already passed the House. But if the Senate measure passes, there are differences between the two that would have to be reconciled before it could go to Gov. Charlie Crist's desk.

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