November 9, 2015

Colorado Becomes the Latest State to Consider Defunding Planned Parenthood
Pro-Life Floridians Still Waiting for Leadership from Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, FL – As Colorado becomes the latest state to consider ending taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), led by President and General Counsel John Stemberger, is urging Governor Rick Scott to follow the lead of Pro-Life Governors across the country by blocking state and federal taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood in the State of Florida.

“How bad does it need to get before Governor Rick Scott realizes that he is wasting our taxpayer funds on a scandal ridden racketeering scheme?” questioned John Stemberger, President and General Counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council. “Scott has flat out refused to take any action to defund Planned Parenthood in Florida as six other states have done and instead has given four excuses which have been addressed and refuted here.”

FFPC is asking Governor Scott to take immediate executive action on the following two things:

1) Terminate Florida’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood.
2) Terminate the subcontracts of Title X funds with Broward and Collier County.

Mr. Stemberger sent a letter requesting action to the Governor and his office.

“Governor Rick Scott has the clear legal authority to terminate Medicaid contracts with unqualified providers of services, and he now also has a moral, ethical and fiscal duty to do so given Planned Parenthood’s egregious conduct which includes waste, abuse, and potential fraud,” said Stemberger. “In both his gubernatorial campaigns, Rick Scott campaigned that if elected he would be a pro-life Governor. We would now like him to take action like a pro-life Governor.”

The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, is one of 38 other state based policy councils around the country which are associated with Focus on the Family. Many of these organizations are the leading pro-life, pro-family organizations in their respective states.

For more information or to arrange an interview with John Stemberger, please contact Ryan Hughes with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at [email protected] or (703) 739-5920.


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