Florida Family Policy Blog
YES. And this is one of those rare moments in time. This one most critical issue, the opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood in Florida, will forever define Governor Scott’s legacy – one way or the other. This will be either his moment in history defining strength of character as a real proactive pro-life governor, or the greatest blunder of his political career.
Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reported that the state of Texas joined other states including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, New Hampshire and Wisconsin in efforts to defund Planned Parenthood from receiving all state taxpayer dollars. Now it’s Governor Scott’s turn. If Texas can do it, so can 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.”
Our state tax dollars are not being sent to an organization which complies with all State and Federal laws. Planned Parenthood chapters across the country work together as a “federation” and have an extensive record of audits, investigations and fines for waste, fraud and illegal activity, and are currently being investigated, criminally and civilly, at every level for offenses including failure to report statutory rape, failure to comply with parental involvement laws, and failure to comply with health and safety clinic regulations.
If there is one man who can fundamentally reform the way the United States Congress does business, it is Dan Webster. Why? For the simple reason that we saw him do it in Florida.
Today, the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), led by President and General Counsel John Stemberger, announced that a series of rallies will be held in front of local Planned Parenthood offices all across Florida tomorrow, October 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. ET. The rallies, as part of a statewide campaign – on behalf of thousands of pro-life Floridians – will include a call to 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.
This Saturday, October 10, from 9-11AM local time, pro-life Americans all across the country but specifically in Florida will gather together to protest Planned Parenthood’s barbaric harvesting of aborted baby parts and the even greater crime of the babies killed in the process. Over 250 of these protests have been organized nationwide – including some international protests. 13 of these protests have been planned in cities across Florida.
States not only have the obligation, but the legal right to terminate the Medicaid contracts of those healthcare providers who are no longer deemed qualified. In fact, the powers of a state Medicaid program to exclude a provider are broader than those of the federal government. A state Medicaid program may exclude a health care provider from participation “for any reason for which the Secretary could exclude the [provider] from participation” (i.e., the grounds for discretionary exclusion enumerated above) “[i]n addition to any other authority.” 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(p)(1) (emphasis added).
FFPC Launches Campaign to Defund Planned Parenthood in Florida Demands Gov. Rick Scott Utilize Executive Action Immediately
Earlier 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.
Pastors: Time is running out to register for the Protect My Ministry Tour. This 14-city tour Sept 30-Oct 21 will equip pastors, Christian school headmasters, and ministry leaders with the information and resources they need to protect their church, school, or ministry from legal attack due to the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage.
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