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Florida House Passes Anti-Abortion Law

TALLAHASSEE (CN) - The Florida House approved an anti-abortion bill Wednesday, and a similar bill is pending in the state Senate. HB 257 would require physicians to perform ultrasounds on all women seeking abortion, and the women must see the results unless they sign a form declining it. The women would have to pay for the ultrasounds. Opponents of the bill say that clause may violate Planned Parenthood v. Casey, by placing "undue burdens" on women seeking abortion. The bill also would assign guardians ad litem to minors seeking abortion, which Planned Parenthood's Florida director called "disturbing," as there are not enough guardians ad litem in Florida to represent abused and neglected children.

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