Governor Rick Scott Signs Law to Cut Funding for Abortion Clinics
Joining the long list of Republican governors who have passed abortion restrictions recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law that cuts off all state funding to any clinics providing abortion services, and also would restrict clinics with laws similar to those under argument at the Supreme Court this term. Clinics are no long allowed funding for other medical services for low-income women, even though state funding is already cut off from abortions. In addition, the doctors that conduct abortions would have to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a reasonable distance of the clinic. Indiana’s governor signed an abortion ban earlier this week. Currently the Supreme Court is looking at several cases around abortion restriction laws.
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I mean, if you’re going to turn down the Medicaid expansion, why not go all the way:
State funding of abortion was already prohibited in Florida, but the law signed by the Republican governor also cut off funding for preventive services at clinics that also provide abortions.
The law appeared to be aimed at Planned Parenthood, which said on Friday that it could mean the end of birth control, cancer screenings, tests for diseases and other services for thousands of low-income women in Florida.
The organization said in a statement that it serves more than 67,000 patients in the state each year, and that many of them rely on public funding to pay for their health care.
Mr. Scott signed the law along with 67 other bills addressing a variety of topics, including medical marijuana and the composition of a highway commission in Miami-Dade County.
But he did not specifically comment on the abortion law, which has been controversial. In a news release, his office tersely said it “revises regulations for licensed abortion clinics.” The law also requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or for the clinic to have a transfer agreement there.
In Alabama, a law requiring such privileges was struck down on Friday by Judge Myron H. Thompson of Federal District Court, who said it “unconstitutionally restricts the rights of women seeking abortions in Alabama.” His decision comes three weeks after the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging similar restrictions in Texas.
“Poor women choosing to exercise their constitutional right to choose an abortion don’t know their place. We’d better cut their preventative health care just to be sure. DON’T CALL THIS A WAR ON WOMEN.”
The law appeared to be aimed at Planned Parenthood, which said on Friday that it could mean the end of birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and other services