October 19, 2015

CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
[email protected]

Texas Cuts Taxpayer Funding to Planned Parenthood
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Must Follow Texas’ Lead, Defund Planned Parenthood

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), led by President and General Counsel John Stemberger, is urging Governor Rick Scott to follow the lead of the State of Texas in completely defunding Planned Parenthood in the State of Florida.

“Texas has done exactly what we are asking Governor Rick Scott to do in Florida: namely completely defunding Planned Parenthood and stopping any more taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider,” said John Stemberger, President and General Counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council. “Planned Parenthood’s termination as a Medicaid provider would not affect access to care in Florida, as it will not in Texas, because there are thousands of Federally Qualified Health Clinics, Medicaid-certified rural health clinics, and other providers across the state that provide quality healthcare to Medicaid patients.”

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.

“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.”

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

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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