Florida House approves bill funding anti-abortion centers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida taxpayers could soon fund anti-abortion pregnancy centers thanks to a bill that has passed the Republican-led House.

The vote on Wednesday was divided along party lines and highlighted concerns from Democrats, who call the proposal reckless because state funds would “irresponsibly provide ideological, and not medical, treatment to patients.”

Rep. Jackie Toledo, a Republican sponsoring the bill, said the proposal simply gives women, whether pregnant or not, more resources if they are seeking services that improve their health. The state would not mandate these centers to have medical providers on site, where certain vaccines and medical screenings would be performed.

Service providers can include faith-based organizations, but no religious content is allowed to be promoted.

A similar bill in the Senate has cleared its first committee stop.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s