Defend, Not Defund: Proposal to Defund Planned Parenthood Would Work Against State Priorities | Print |
February 2016

Planned Parenthood has long been one of the state's anchors with respect to the provision of health care and public health services to Floridians—particularly low-income and underserved women. Planned Parenthood currently operates 22 centers throughout the state and, in 2014, served nearly 70,000 Floridians.

Nevertheless, a unique set of instructions tucked into the Florida House's version of the state's 2016-17 budget would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any funds that pass through the state treasury.

Although such a prohibition pertains to only a minuscule fraction of the state budget, it would nevertheless thwart longstanding state priorities, undermine the provision of critically needed services to underserved Floridians, cost Florida and Floridians far more than it would save, and likely prove to be an unlawful and wasteful effort.

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