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Department of Health records obtained by The Florida Independent show that oversight of Florida's state-funded crisis pregnancy clinic chain mainly rests in the hands of the two organizations contracted by the state to run those clinics — the nonprofit Florida Pregnancy Care Network and the for-profit Uzzell Group. That means the Department of Health has little direct insight into how public money is being spent at 79 crisis pregnancy centers around the state, and if those dollars are being used to disseminate disputed science on abortion or to promote religious content.
State legislators have introduced a new bill that has been popular among anti-abortion advocates for years. The bill would redefine the death of a viable fetus as the death of an unborn child, and would also change laws for vehicular manslaughter involving a pregnant woman.
The New York Times reported yesterday that the Obama administration might compromise with religious groups that are currently up in arms over a federal decision requiring health insurers to cover contraception as a preventive service.
Occupy Wall Street, the movement to challenge corporate power and influence over politics in New York, inspired around 100 Sarasotans to gather on Main Street outside of the city's large Bank of America office this morning.
If Kenneth Keeton, a Lake Placid man who describes himself as borderline full-blown AIDS right now, had to rely on Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, an underfunded system that provides HIV/AIDS drugs to low-income patients, or the charity of a private pharmaceutical program, he says the consequences would be dire. I would probably get sick and die, he says.