State Sen. Nan Rich told reporters at the Associated Press Florida Legislative Planning Session that she is concerned the GOP-led Legislature will continue to push “right-wing” legislation in the upcoming legislative session.

The Associated Press reported:

Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, D-Weston, said she was concerned that the Republican-controlled Legislature would push a “right-wing agenda” that includes bills dealing with school prayer and abortion. During the 2011 session lawmakers passed a measure that requires most women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound exam.

Rich noted that several measures passed this year have been challenged in state and federal court. [She] also criticized Republicans for not heeding warnings that some of their proposals are unconstitutional. Federal judges this year blocked a drug-testing program for welfare recipients and a measure aimed at stopping physicians from asking their patients about guns.

“We don’t have enough money yet the Legislature passes bills and statutes that we know are unconstitutional,” Rich said.

Already this year, a sweeping anti-abortion has already been introduced and has two sponsors. Opponents are warning that the “omnibus anti-choice bill” would impose more restrictions and regulations on abortion providers, install a waiting period for women seeking abortions and limit access for third-trimester abortion for women acing a serious health risk, among a slew of new laws.

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