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Behind scene, King works with Dems to stop Webster's abortion bill

A top Republican senator is working behind the scenes with Democrats to defeat an abortion measure sponsored by the leader of his own party in the Senate.

The measure, which narrowly passed a Senate committee Tuesday, would require a woman seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound, and the abortion clinic would have to offer to show it to her and explain it before she undergoes the procedure.

A woman could opt out of the fetus viewing and explanation if she signs a form -- an extra hurdle to an abortion that Republican Sen. Jim King of Jacksonville said ''is intrusive to a woman's right'' to privacy. Rape, incest and domestic violence victims would be exempt.

King, the Senate rules chairman who manages the flow of legislation on the floor, has approached moderate Republicans to find out if they'll join Democrats to vote no, persuading Senate Republican leader Dan Webster to keep his abortion bill from coming to a full vote.

But Webster says he'll push ahead, regardless of the vote count.

''I'm going to give it everything I've got and bring it to a vote and let [senators] decide,'' Webster said. ``This Legislature was set up not to be a battleground for any thing other than ideas. It's not a battleground of personalities.''

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