NO VETO PLEASE
The protection of human life is paramount and there is presently a situation demanding our urgent attention and response. As you likely know, in the waning hours and minutes of the legislative session this year, two bills were passed which enhance the protection of human life from the horror of abortion. One of the bills would require physicians to administer an ultrasound prior to performing an abortion. The mother could still choose to have the abortion but the thought is that she would be more likely to realize the consequences if she could see the actual life she was carrying inside her womb. Also in this legislation is a prohibition against taxpayer funding of abortion. The pro-abortion forces are outraged at the passage of HB 1143 and are mounting a full force campaign to get Governor Crist to veto it. Here is where we come in. Our voices urgently need to be heard as well in favor of the legislation and we should be flooding the Governor with requests that he not veto the bill. It is unclear at this writing what his position on the veto precisely is especially in the light of his decision to run for the US Senate as an Independent. He needs to hear from us now. I am asking all parishes in the diocese to place in their bulletins this week a call to call or e-mail the Governor and ask him not to veto the bill. Hopefully he would sign it into law, but he can also ignore it and it would automatically become law. He has two approaches he could choose other than vetoing. So I am asking you to do your part. Call Governor Crist at 850-488-7146 or 850-488-4441. If you wish, you can also let the Governor know of your support for HB 1143 by e-mailing him at Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com. I wish to acknowledge two members of the Florida Senate from our area who were instrumental in a major way in the passage in the Senate of this legislation. Senator Mike Fasano and Senator Rhonda Storms both have received a letter from myself thanking them for their courageous leadership. Let us pray that our Governor will be equally courageous and allow ultrasound prior to termination and a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion to become the law of our state. Thanks for your help.
Updated: Email link for Governor Crist corrected.