Florida Governor Scott signs bill requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges and cutting off all funding to abortion clinics

By Dave Andrusko

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

On Friday, Florida’s pro-life Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law which made the Sunshine state the latest to require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital at the same time HB 1411 cut off state funding for services at clinics that provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood called the latter provision “dangerous” and “cruel.” It takes effect July 1.

The governor’s signature came after HB1411 overwhelmingly passed both houses of the state legislature.

The admitting privileges portion of HB 1411 is similar to one of the issues before the Supreme Court in the case of HB2, the 2013 omnibus pro-life Texas law.

“Abortionists will finally be held to the same standard as all other physicians who perform invasive procedures in a non-hospital setting by the requirement to have admitting privileges or a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital,” said Ingrid Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops in a statement. “It is incomprehensible that opponents suggest the bill makes women less safe.”

Also “the new law will require the state to inspect at least 50 percent of abortion-clinic records each year,” according to Margie Menzel of the News Service of Florida.“It also bans the sale and donation of fetal remains from abortions and increases the penalties for the improper disposal of fetal remains.”

As reported by NRL News Today, the ACLU is currently fighting the state’s 24-hour waiting period requirement [1]. While decrying Scott’s decision, as of Friday, the ACLU “hasn’t decided whether it will sue the state over the new law,” Menzel reported.

Earlier this month NRL News Today reported on the vote in the legislature which involved some $200,000. According to Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times.

Antiabortion advocates in the Legislature assert that’s tantamount to supporting abortions. Instead, they want that money to be spent in other kinds of clinics, like crisis pregnancy centers and federally qualified health centers.

“The idea that those taxpayer dollars would go to an organization that performs abortions is simply intolerable,” Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said.

They further argue that tougher rules are necessary to bring abortion clinics in line with other health care facilities, like ambulatory care centers.

“This bill says we’re going to treat abortion clinics the same way that we treat other similarly situated clinics,” said Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, the bill’s sponsor. …

The bill would make tougher restrictions against improperly disposing of fetal remains.

According to Auslen, the law “was also brought about in the wake of controversy over videos released online appearing to show Planned Parenthood doctors in other states talking about a fetal remains donation program.” This is a casual reference to the undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress which raised many other concerns as well.

Florida Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, explained the background to HB 633.

The new 24 hour waiting period, in effect in thirty states, follows normal elective medical practice guidelines which require a consultation before scheduling outpatient surgery. This bill cracks down on shoddy medical practices which run patients though abortion mills at a high rate to earn more profit.

As more abortion clinics around Florida close and abortionists abandon their practices, the problem of factory-style abortion clinic practices is sure to grow. This bill will ensure that the safety of women is enhanced, and that the right to informed consent is fully protected in a deliberative manner.

[1] As NRL News Today reported previously, the 1st District Court of Appeals last month lifted an injunction that prevented Florida’s 24-hour waiting period from taking effect. “In its decision, the three-judge panel contended that a circuit judge did not have enough facts or evidence to support blocking the law,” according to the AP.

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