Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), who left the Republican Party two weeks ago to run for Senate as an independent, is giving further hints that he will likely veto a piece of anti-abortion legislation passed by his state’s Republican legislature — going so far as to call the bill “mean-spirited.”
The bill would require women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound, and to listen to a doctor give a description of the fetus. The legislature has not yet formally sent the bill to Crist. When he does receive the bill, Crist will then have 15 days to decide whether to sign or veto it, or to allow it to become law without his signature.
“On two fronts it disturbs me,” Crist told the Tampa Tribune editorial board. “That you would force a woman to go through this procedure…almost seems mean-spirited. To have your government impose on you, listen to a lecture, then on top of that, you have to pay for it.”