Add this to the list of awkward party themes: anti-abortion bills.
Apparently it wasn't a costume party, but Gov. Rick Scott held a celebration at the governor's mansion this weekend in honor of the four anti-abortion bills he signed into law.
Partygoers celebrated the new laws requiring ultrasounds, redirecting license-plate funds to anti-abortion groups, blocking state or federal health insurance funds from going toward abortions, and sending letters to parents whose children received abortions. It's not clear whether piñatas were part of the weekend bash.
According to the governor's office, notable attendees included John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Council; Dr. Michael McCarron, executive director of Florida Catholic Conference; Pam Olson of the International House of Prayer in Tallahassee; Bill Bunkley, legislative and government affairs consultant to the Florida Baptist Convention; and Jim Styer, president of Sarasota/Manatee Right to Life.
"I am honored today to sign four bills that strengthen Florida's pro-life laws," Scott says. "During my campaign and since I have been governor, I have made it very clear that I am, and always have been, pro-life."
The governor told Post on Politics, "I hope this helps make sure this doesn't happen in the future," and by "this," he reportedly meant "abortions."
Scott also displayed his garbled interpretation of the phrase "pro-choice," telling the Miami Herald, "You should have the opportunity to see an ultrasound of your child. It's your choice. You don't have to. This creates choice. I think it's very positive."
The governor's office also makes note that the ultrasound legislation Scott signed was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.
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