Today, Florida Governor (and U.S. Senate candidate) Charlie Crist vetoed House Bill 1143. The measure would have prohibited an individual or group health insurance policy or health maintenance contract purchased through the state insurance exchange (required under the new federal health care law) from covering abortion except when the woman’s life or health are in danger or when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. The measure was clearly intended to preclude the use of federal or state taxpayer funds for abortion. Arizona, Mississippi, and Tennessee have recently enacted similar laws and dozens of other states are expected to consider […]
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Florida Governor’s Veto Approves Taxpayer Funding for Abortion, Denies Women Opportunity to Undergo Ultrasound
“Governor Crist had the opportunity to stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans across the political spectrum who oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. By vetoing this abortion opt-out legislation, Governor Crist makes it clear that he stands with those who favor taxpayer funding of abortion.” – Matthew Faraci, Spokesman for Americans United for Life.
Florida just became the fourth state to pass legislation opting-out of taxpayer-funded abortion provisions established by the new federal health care reform law. Florida’s legislation ensures that insurance plans that cover abortions and participate in new health care exchanges cannot receive tax dollars. “The right to life is fundamental to all that we do, and this ensures that taxpayer dollars are not hijacked to fund abortions. Thanks to Americans United for Life for helping to make this a reality,” said Florida State Representative Matthew Gaetz. Florida legislators used the “Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act” drafted by Americans United for Life as a […]