Gov. Rick Scott to sign state-funded pro-life clinics into law


Gov. Rick Scott‘s office said Monday the governor is expected to sign into a law a bill that would permanently set aside millions in taxpayer money to operate pro-life clinics in Florida, a concept that critics call “fake” clinics.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill last week, with Democrats opposed.

When the bill becomes law, it will codify an anti-abortion program run by the private Florida Pregnancy Care Network that has been in place for over a decade. That network will receive $4 million in state funds every year to give pregnant women free pro-birth services. Women can continue receiving services at the clinic a year after their children are born.

The underlying policy in the bill would allow faith-based organizations to be among the service providers in the program.

“I am not in favor of giving faith-based materials to a woman who is facing the most difficult decision in their life,” Democratic Sen. Gary Farmer said during the Senate floor debate.

“I am a true believer of a separation between church and state.”

Sen. Aaron Bean, a Fernardina Republican led the effort in the Senate and adopted the House version of the bill.

“Yeah, (the clinics) are about life and about having that baby, but they are also about giving support where it didn’t exist before,” said Sen. Aaron Bean, a Fernandina Republican leading the effort in the Senate.

Ana Ceballos

Ana covers politics and policy Before joining the News Service of Florida she wrote for the Naples Daily News and was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.


  • Jacquelyn

    February 8, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Most programs of this nature are faith based. It is the “Right of the user”. The state not allowing the user to choose is blocking their personal faith related choice. That is true interference by state into religious beliefs.

  • Roberta Synal

    February 14, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    FL gov’t is injecting “faith” into everything imaginable w/ our tax dollars. This IS a violation of separation of church & state, IMO. Keep an eye out for public schools starting to include creationism and denial of climate change.

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