Federal judge halts Florida’s legislation requiring women to have two ultrasounds before an abortion

Rick Scott (R), who is running for the Senate, had signed the legislation earlier this year. “We want more choices, but right now, our laws in Florida are restricting women from making those decisions,”…

Federal judge halts Florida’s legislation requiring women to have two ultrasounds before an abortion

Rick Scott (R), who is running for the Senate, had signed the legislation earlier this year. “We want more choices, but right now, our laws in Florida are restricting women from making those decisions,” Mr. Scott said at the time. “Our patients deserve choices, but our laws are preventing them from having those choices.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is campaigning to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, whose race is considered tight, criticized the legislation on Wednesday and questioned whether it was good for women’s health and their wallets.

“Putting a financial incentive to try to force down the hopes and dreams of an innocent unborn child sends the wrong message,” Mr. DeSantis said. “I don’t think that’s being forward-thinking. I don’t think that’s being compassionate to women.”

The legislation passed during the regular session would have required women to pay for two ultrasounds before having an abortion. That would have been a first in the United States, where such ultrasounds are usually a prelude to an induced childbirth. It also requires women to have the drugs to induce labor provided at a clinic 24 hours in advance.

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