For Immediate Release:
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Ken Lundberg 202-228-5957
Jessica Garcia 202-228-5113
Sen. LeMieux Encourages Governor to Sign HB 1143
Bill protects Floridians’ tax dollars from paying for abortion
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today called on Governor Charlie Crist to sign the Florida State Legislature’s HB 1143 – a bill to prohibit federal and state tax dollars from going to pay for abortions.
Senator LeMieux said:
“Florida’s families should not be forced to pay for elective abortions. The federal health care bill Democrats passed in Congress creates a system where federal taxpayer dollars, for the first time in 33 years, could be used for insurance plans that pay for abortions. HB1143 makes absolutely clear that Floridians’ tax dollars will not be used for elective abortions and I urge the governor to sign the bill. Florida has never offered taxpayer funded elective abortion, and now is not the time to start.”
BACKGROUND: The State of Florida has never offered taxpayer funded elective abortion. Exceptions for cases of rape or incest, or situations where the life of the mother is in danger are specifically provided for in both the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding of abortions, and HB 1143. Additionally, the bill provides a procedure to assure that women seeking an abortion receive an opportunity to view sonogram images before consenting to the procedure.