On Friday, Rick Scott, the Florida Governor signed a new law cutting off the state funding for the preventive health services to clinics that are providing abortion and imposed abortion restrictions
Florida is among many states that are adopting the new abortion laws as the conservatives seek out to chip away at United States Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade verdict legalizing the abortion.
The Florida governor had signed 68 new laws and also issued the statements on some of the non-controversial bills but didn’t make a remark on abortion statute.
The bill has been the target of television advertisements by the Planned Parenthood & protests at the Capitol by women acclaiming a veto.
The president of Florida Family Policy Council, John Stemberger in a statement had called the new law “a historic victory.’’
The State funding of abortion was banned already, but the recent law blocks the money for facilities for low-income women at clinics.
The bill requires the doctors to have admitting privileges at hospital – that is a kind of formal affiliation, which can be hard to get – within a “reasonable” distance of the clinics.
Also, the bill necessitates an annual inspection of these clinics by the health authorities and has tightened rules on the disposal of aborted feutal tissue.
“For Rick Scott to prioritize political pandering over his own constituents’ access to healthcare is more than cynical. It is shameful,” said the executive director of Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Laura Goodhue.
She predicted the HIV rates will “sky-rocket” and she also commented that the teenage pregnancies would rise because the women will be denied the regular treatment at the state-funded clinics.
The Supreme Court of US is considering an experiment to a parallel law in Texas, where the several clinics have been shut due to the of new restrictions.
However, the Legislative sponsors in Florida debated that the new law wasn’t meant to close the clinics but to protect the women with new safety rules.
The law takes effect from July 1st.