The leader of Personhood Florida, the group that wants the Sunshine State to outlaw abortion by defining life as beginning at the moment of conception, recently penned an op-ed targeting Planned Parenthood — claiming the group “fears the thought of what will happen if women learn the truth about the development of the baby inside of them and the results of abortion.” A Planned Parenthood rep disputes those claims, arguing that personhood proponents are the ones endangering women.
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During a recent town hall meeting, Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, argued with a group of young women over a new mandate from the federal government requiring health insurance companies to cover birth control as preventative care. During the debate, he argued that birth control is not a part of health care, telling one woman that she was “missing the point” when she argued otherwise.
A video surfaced this week of Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, questioning the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate during a town hall meeting last month in Florida.
Despite last session’s onslaught of legislation aimed at cracking down on legal abortions in the state , the Florida Legislature did not pass a single anti-abortion bill during the 2012 legislative session. Ten anti-abortion bills were introduced this year.
Florida’s $70 billion budget will strip about $4.4 million in family planning dollars from the state’s Medicaid budget. The state’s funding for controversial crisis pregnancy centers, however, remains intact.
Today, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Florida Senate blocked an effort to take a controversial anti-abortion bill out of committee for a final vote in that chamber.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that laws requiring women to undergo an ultrasound prior to having an abortion have not reduced the number of abortions, and have instead raised the price of the legal procedure. Florida was among the various states to pass such a measure last year.
A bill that has been described by critics as a “clean-up bill” written to include several anti-abortion measures that did not pass in the GOP-led Florida Legislature last year, passed in the Florida House today in a 78-33 vote.
An omnibus anti-abortion bill containing a slew of anti-abortion rights measures, including a highly controversial “fetal pain” provision, has been placed on tomorrow’s special order calendar – which means the House may be placing a final vote on the bill by the end of the week.
Another attempt to strip $2 million in taxpayer funds from Florida crisis pregnancy centers failed on the Senate floor today.