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FFPC Launches Campaign to Defund Planned Parenthood in Florida

Demands Gov. Rick Scott Utilize Executive Action Immediately

press confTALLAHASSEE, FLEarlier today, the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), led by President and General Counsel John Stemberger, held a press conference to herald the launch of a statewide campaign – on behalf of thousands of pro-life Floridians – calling on Gov. Rick Scott (R) to fully defund Planned Parenthood in the state, and redirect those funds to the more than 600 community health clinics in Florida.

The campaign – consisting of sustained grassroots and media efforts – will urge, and if necessary, demand that Governor Scott entirely strip Planned Parenthood of all state public funding sources within his influence, particularly the Medicaid contract, which makes up a substantial portion of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayers’ support.

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.

press conf 2“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 fraud, waste and abuse,” 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.”

Mr. Stemberger sent a letter requesting action to the Governor and his office last week and has received no response or acknowledgment. A video of the 11 minute remarks by Stemberger can be watched here.

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

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