Crist: Quick action likely on Fla. abortion bill

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist says he'll probably make a decision "sooner than later" on a bill that would require women in most cases to get an ultrasound before they can obtain an abortion.

Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent, on Tuesday again expressed concerns about the GOP-sponsored legislation (HB 1143).

He's worried particularly about a requirement for women seeking a first trimester abortion to pay for the ultrasound. It can cost from a few hundred dollars to about $1,500.

Crist said he thought lawmakers put off sending him the bill until Monday, more than a month after the legislative session ended, to give supporters more time to campaign against a veto.

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