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Florida House isn't family-friendly today

Today is Rep. Ralph Poppell's 60th birthday and final day in the House. His niece, Holly Colson, and her two young kids came from Perry to celebrate. But they didn't realize what they were getting when they sat in the House gallery amid the ongoing abortion debate.

Speaker Pro Tem Ron Reagan suggested those with young children leave the gallery -- twice stopping the debate to urge them to go.

Colson, who is against abortions, said it's an appropriate topic to discuss but she doesn't think a woman should pay for the ultrasound, as the bill would mandate.