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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue yesterday vetoed legislation that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, as well as require an ultrasound before the procedure. The law would have also required women to view and hear a description of the ultrasound, and it would require providers to give women printed information about risks associated with the procedure.
On Monday, only hours before they were slated to go into effect, a federal judge postponed the implementation of a portion of a set of federally-mandated water rules. Those rules, which should have gone into effect today, have been delayed until July.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Project Vote, a national voting rights group, filed suit in federal court Friday to challenge the implementation of Florida's controversial new election law. The question is whether the state can immediately implement voting changes before a Department of Justice review, which ACLU lawyers said would violate a requirement in Florida law.
The Medicaid Reform Pilot program running in Broward County since 2006 has not improved or increased health care coverage, but has instead become a bureaucratic nightmare with lower costs because of reduced services. That was the consensus of speakers at a Tuesday evening workshop held in Hollywood and organized by Democratic state Rep. Elaine Schwartz.
Personhood Florida is already making strides in its planned big push for its fetal personhood movement in January 2011. The group's leader, Pastor Bryan Longworth, previously said that his group would use the new year to work hard to gain signatures and drum up publicity for a proposed amendment that would ban abortion and some forms of birth control.