Wasserman Schultz Statement on Gov. Scott's Anti-Choice Law

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Washington, DC, August 19, 2016 | comments
Governor Scott's decision to finally end this attack on Planned Parenthood and women's health care is long overdue. For months – and even years – Governor Scott and his cronies in the Florida Legislature have done all they can to restrict women's access to comprehensive family planning services. He has resisted petitions, protests and advice from health care advocates and providers, as well as women across our state, to drop this assault. He even ignored a warning from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that signing H.B. 1411 would violate federal law. I led the effort, along with my Florida Democratic colleagues, to urge CMS to issue that warning – but Governor Scott signed the bill anyway.
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Wasserman Schultz Statement on Gov. Scott’s Anti-Choice Law

Pembroke Pines, FL – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after Governor Rick Scott’s Administration decided to forgo further legal action against U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s injunction:

“Governor Scott’s decision to finally end this attack on Planned Parenthood and women’s health care is long overdue. For months – and even years – Governor Scott and his cronies in the Florida Legislature have done all they can to restrict women’s access to comprehensive family planning services. He has resisted petitions, protests and advice from health care advocates and providers, as well as women across our state, to drop this assault. He even ignored a warning from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that signing H.B. 1411 would violate federal law. I led the effort, along with my Florida Democratic colleagues, to urge CMS to issue that warning – but Governor Scott signed the bill anyway.

“Governor Scott claims to love small government, but when it comes to allowing women to make their own health care decisions free of restrictions, he constantly interferes – even if he knows full well that it violates the law. The court's issuance of a permanent injunction today underscores the fact that we must never allow him, or any politician or legislature in America, to chip away at the reproductive freedom guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. I applaud the District Court's decision, which I hope will serve as a reminder to Governor Scott that we live in a state that is committed to the rule of law, and that Floridians will not take his attacks on comprehensive women’s health care lying down.”

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Contact:

Geoff Burgan, Geoff.Burgan@mail.house.gov, 202.225.7931

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