Due to the economic recession, there is, for the first time in nearly 15 years, a waiting list for the Florida Department of Health's AIDS Drug Assistant
A group that wants Florida to define life as beginning at the moment of conception has officially launched its personhood petition. According to a blog post on the group's website, the new Florida ProLife Personhood Amendment is based on language by the Family Research Council and American Family Association.
The Washington Post recently reported that some Republicans in the U.S. Senate are vowing to hold up legislation until the chamber finds a way to seriously cut spending and overhaul the budget. One of them is Marco Rubio, who is making the fight about President Barack Obama and drawing cheers from the conservative gallery.
The Florida Senate passed two abortion-restricting bills today that include language similar to House versions of the bills. A state constitutional amendment to ban public funding for abortions and the Health Insurance bill do not expand coverage to women who face a serious health risk if their pregnancy is carried out, as of today.
Catholic leaders issued a letter Friday to GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, themselves Catholics, urging them to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.
In a debate over a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound first, state Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, yesterday blasted abortion providers for ignoring fetuses' babyhood or humanhood.
The National Minority AIDS Council on Thursday launched a new website as part of its ADAP Beyond the Numbers campaign, an effort to put a face on the ongoing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) funding crisis.
Despite problems brought to light by health care providers, patients and research studies, a Medicaid managed care pilot program in place in five Florida counties for more than five years was recently extended, temporarily at least.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce the finalization of the first-ever nationwide standards for mercury pollution from power plants today. The announcement will be made in a Washington, D.C., area hospital at 2 p.m. Florida currently ranks 15th in the nation for mercury pollution (.pdf) from power plants, and the Everglades currently has the highest levels in the state.
A new set of fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama administration could save the average Florida family $371 at the gas pump in 2030.
The U.S. Justice Department recently stood behind Planned Parenthood as the state of Indiana attempts to defund them. It's just one battle in a larger dispute between the federal government and states looking to curtail family planning access.
The Presidential Preference Primary Committee's decision to move the date of Florida's GOP presidential primary to January is a hot topic for conservative media and bloggers.
Michele Bachmann is set to kick off her tour of the Sunshine State tomorrow; the presidential hopeful's first stop will be in Jacksonville Beach, for a visit at Angie's Sub Shop. Angie's is a casual haunt more often visited by surfers than politicians, but its owner, Ed Malin, is a staunch conservative and a member of the tea party.
The Association of Floral Importers of Florida hosted a meeting in Miami on Wednesday with Colombia's ambassador to the United States, Gabriel Silva, to show its support for a U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
The first phase of legislation on a new statewide prescription drug-tracking database begins today.
Pembroke Pines elected officials confirmed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and residents of Southwest Ranches and Pembroke Pines will meet this Saturday to discuss a proposed immigration detention center.
The website of state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, who is running unopposed for reelection, states that Plakon unequivocally supports any legislation created for the protection of all human life, in the womb and outside it. There is nothing in this world more sacred than our children and Scott’s support for pro-life legislation will be strong and unwavering. He is a vocal supporter of the Florida Pregnancy Support Services Program (which The Florida Independent has examined at length) and worked hard last year to avoid a budget cut to the program.
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health Board Chair Douglas Laube is voicing strong opposition to Mississippi's proposed fetal personhood amendment, which will be voted on tomorrow. Amendment 26 aims to grant legal rights to fertilized eggs; the measure could have severe consequences for women's reproductive health.
The director of Florida State University's program in history and philosophy of science, Michael Ruse, has released the latest of what he calls dispatches from the war zone, a series of pieces looking at Gov. Rick Scott's likely changes to Florida's higher education system.
In an interview on Fox 13 this week, Gov. Rick Scott said that Occupy Wall Street protesters are frustrated with where the world is going and compared them to his supporters, who believe government kills jobs.
Flip Benham and a group of anti-abortion activists are staging an Orlando memorial this morning at which an aborted baby girl will answer questions.
The Washington Post reported this week that Indiana could lose out on some Medicaid funding from the federal government because of the state's efforts to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Other states planning to cut funding for preventative health services for women, Florida for example, might also face similar scrutiny from the federal government.
ThinkProgress reported this week that presidential candidate Herman Cain was once a spokesperson for America PAC — a radical group that “among other things, suggested Democrats wanted to 'kill black babies.'
A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling released on Monday that upholds a preliminary injunction against Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration-enforcement law could impact immigration bills moving through the Florida legislature, according to one immigrant rights activist.
A proposed fetal personhood amendment, which would outlaw abortion and some forms of birth control, has been called radical and outrageous by pro-choice activists. But even staunchly anti-abortion organizations and legislators are expressing concerns with the initiative, which they fear could end up backfiring.
Tom Liberti, director of the state Department of Health’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS, told The Florida Independent Monday that an emergency solution for the funding crisis facing the AIDS Drug Assistace Program will probably not be signed this week.
With plans for a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando still up in the air, state transportation officials said Wednesday workers already doing surveying
The U.S. Senate will vote on an amendment tomorrow aimed at rolling back a federal decision that would have made contraception more affordable for women with health insurance.
A Florida House of Representatives Health subcommittee meeting report (.pdf) released Wednesday includes updated information about the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which has the longest waiting list (.pdf) in the U.S.
Anthony Mangione, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations in Miami, pleaded not guilty today to three child pornography charges.