Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a law which dials back taxpayer funding to all abortion facilities in the state, including Planned Parenthood. That makes Florida the 12th state to do so.
HB 1411 moves funds going to Planned Parenthood to hundreds of low-cost, federally qualified community health clinics.
“This is a historic victory, and we are thrilled to have been an active part of this effort,” said John Stemberger with the Florida Family Policy Council. “The real heroes in this victory are Senator Kelli Stargel and Representative Colleen Burton, both of Lakeland. These women are to be commended for their courage and conviction, leading on this issue which voters have been concerned about for decades.”
The push to defund Planned Parenthood was highlighted by videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. It’s founder, David Daleiden, is now in federal court defending his right to uncover abuses in the abortion industry, specifically, Planned Parenthood.
Gov. Scott previously had been unwilling to take action – then the Legislature got involved.
“In spite of receiving tens of thousands of communications from Florida voters,” Stemberger said, “the governor refused to do so, mainly claiming that he could not take action due to federal law. Nonetheless, we are pleased that Gov. Scott did follow the Legislature’s lead and signed this important bill into law.”