Tallahassee (March 25, 2016) – The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops applauds Governor Rick Scott’s approval today of HB 1411.

This new law protects the health and safety of women who choose abortion by ensuring they receive the same level of care as those who undergo comparable procedures at outpatient surgical facilities.

“Abortionists will finally be held to the same standard as all other physicians who perform invasive procedures in a non-hospital setting by the requirement to have admitting privileges or a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital,” said Ingrid Delgado, associate for respect life/social concerns. “It is incomprehensible that opponents suggest the bill makes women less safe.”

Additionally, the new law prohibits funding of abortion providers and their affiliates with certain exceptions, which allows monies to be redirected to health centers and private physicians that are willing and able to provide comprehensive health care services to women.

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is an agency of the Catholic Bishops of Florida. It speaks for the Catholic Church in matters of public policy and serves as liaison to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The archbishop and bishops of the seven (arch)dioceses in Florida constitute its board of directors. 

The Florida Senate

CS/CS/HB 1411: Termination of Pregnancies

The General Bill was prepared by the Health and Human Services Committee ; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee ; Burton ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Adkins ; Ahern ; Albritton ; Baxley ; Boyd ; Burgess ; Combee ; Cortes, B. ; Costello ; Drake ; Eagle ; Eisnaugle ; Fant ; Gaetz ; Gonzalez ; Hill ; La Rosa ; Magar ; Mayfield ; McBurney ; Metz ; Moraitis ; Plakon ; Porter ; Raburn ; Renner ; Rodrigues, R. ; Rooney ; Santiago ; Smith ; Spano ; Sullivan ; Van Zant

“Termination of Pregnancies; Revising the requirements for disposal of fetal remains; revising the criminal punishment for failure to properly dispose of fetal remains; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to develop and enforce rules relating to license inspections and investigations of certain clinics; requiring certain organizations that provide abortion referral services or abortion counseling services to register with the agency, pay a specified fee, and include certain information in advertisements, etc. APPROPRIATION: $245,164.00”

Effective Date: 7/1/2016
Last Action: 3/25/2016 – Approved by Governor
Location: Became Law

Click here to see the full text of HB 1411.