Governor Rick Scott recently signed four bills to increase Florida’s pro-life laws. He was joined at a special event for the signing by legislative sponsors and:
- John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Council
- Dr. Michael McCarron, executive director of Florida Catholic Conference
- Pam Olson of the International House of Prayer in Tallahassee
- Bill Bunkley, legislative and government affairs consultant to the Florida Baptist Convention
- Jim Styer, president of Sarasota/Manatee Right to Life
“I am honored today to sign four bills that strengthen Florida’s pro-life laws,” Governor Scott said. “During my campaign and since I have been Governor, I have made it very clear that I am, and always have been, pro-life.”
House Bill 97, Health Insurance
Ensures Florida taxpayers that state and federal dollars will not fund abortions. Other than cases of rape, incest or when the woman is in danger of death, the bill does not allow state or federally funded health insurance to cover abortions.
House Bill 1127, Abortion
Requires an ultrasound for all women obtaining an abortion. It is believed that the woman will have to pay for the ultrasound or have a private insurance plan that covers such. The pregnant woman must be offered the opportunity to view the ultrasound images as well as listen to their explanation before giving “informed” consent for the abortion. If she does not want to view the images then the woman must sign forms stating she made her choice under her own free will without influence.
Abortion clinics and doctors are required to provide the women wanting an abortion written information describing fetal development stages. Bill 1127 prohibits abortion providers/ clinics from offering the opportunity to view the ultrasound images to women who are victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking, unless it is requested by the victim of such.
Governor Charlie Crist vetoed similar legislation in 2010.
House Bill 501, Choose Life License Plates
Directs funds from the “Choose Life” specialty license plates to ]Choose Life Inc., and they will be responsible for the management and distribution of the funds to pregnant women for help creating adoption plans.
House Bill 1247, Parental Notice of Abortion
The Florida Parental Notice of Abortion Act was given strength. It now requires a notice of the minor’s abortion choice to the parent or legal guardian via first class mail and certified mail with a return receipt requested. Delivery is restricted to the parent or legal guardian. There are provisions that allow the abortion to take place during a medical emergency.