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Governor signs off on controversial abortion bills

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By Tom Flanigan

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Tallahassee, FL – In a Saturday ceremony, Governor Rick Scott signed four bills that place new restrictions on Florida abortions. Tom Flanigan reports the measures were passed during this year's legislative session.

The signing took place at the Governor's Mansion. Dozens of pro-life advocates gathered to watch Governor Scott sign the bills, which actually became law almost a month ago.

"During my campaign and since I've been governor I've made it very clear that I am and I have always been pro-life."

The lawmakers who sponsored the measures were there too, like Republican Representative Kelli Stargel of Lakeland.

"And this is a very personal thing for me. I was a teenaged mom; I'm the mother of five children, four of which are daughters. And I think that the bill that we passed this year actually does ensure that parents are being informed and part of that very important decision in regards to their daughters if they're going to be having an abortion."

Another bill directs the money from the sale of "Choose Life" license plates to support adoption. There's a requirement that an ultrasound image be offered to any woman who wants an abortion. Also, no public money can be used for elective abortions in Florida.