West Palm Beach, FL – The House Majority Office has finally stopped playing politics with women’s health and sent Governor Crist HB 1143 - legislation that ties the hands of doctors and restricts access to abortion. Planned Parenthood of Florida and our 211,000 supporters now call on Governor Crist to exercise his authority and veto HB 1143.
“We call on Governor Crist to do what is in the best interest of Florida’s women and veto HB 1143,” said Lillian Tamayo, President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast. “Doctors, not politicians, should decide what information and care is best for their patients.”
HB 1143 dictates what medical doctors say to their patients and takes medicine and medical advice away from doctors by requiring ultrasounds prior to an abortion, regardless of the medical situation of the patient. The decision about what medical procedures or information a patient needs is best left to women and their doctors to determine on a case-by-case basis.
The bill also restricts individuals and small businesses that receive tax credits from purchasing health insurance that covers abortion, even if they don’t use federal or state subsidies to purchase their plans. This amendment goes far beyond the Hyde Amendment or even the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by prohibiting abortion from being covered in private health insurance plans.
Planned Parenthood of Florida agrees with Governor Crist when he calls HB 1143 “mean spirited.”
We urge Governor Crist to veto this legislation that firmly places the government in between doctors and their patients, and would result in women losing health care coverage that they currently have today.
“This bill does nothing to prevent unintended pregnancy or reduce the need for abortion,” said Tamayo. “It’s time for the Florida legislature to stop playing politics with women’s health and start paying attention to the needs of women and families in this state. Governor Crist should veto HB 1143.”
The mission of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through the provision of clinical services, education and advocacy. We do so by understanding and responding to the needs of those seeking our services, and by protecting and respecting the essential privacy rights, dignity and culture of each individual. www.ppsoflo.org
Lillian Tamayo 561-472-9960
June 08, 2010