Florida lawmakers pass bill to help anti-abortion centers

Posted at 4:44 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 16:44:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill to permanently fund anti-abortion pregnancy centers is heading to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate voted 21-12 for the bill Thursday, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.

Florida legislators have set aside money for the pregnancy centers since 2006. But the $4 million has to be renewed each year in the annual budget.

Democrats argued that the state shouldn't fund religious organizations or pregnancy centers that don't provide a full range of services.

Republicans said that the state would simply be helping to care for women who chose to go through with their pregnancies.

Service providers can include faith-based organizations, but they can't promote religious content nor use state money on other religious messages.

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