Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) signed a bill into law Friday that bars state and local governments, and Medicaid managed care plans, from contracting with organizations that have any relationships with abortion clinics.
Another provision of the measure – which passed along party lines — requires clinics that perform first-trimester abortions to have transfer agreements with local hospitals, or for abortionists to have hospital privileges nearby. Abortion clinics that provide second-trimester abortions, however, must meet both criteria, reports AP Florida.
Still another provision bans the sale and donation of fetal tissue from aborted babies and also raises penalties for improper disposal of the remains of aborted babies. Some states have discovered that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics have contracted with waste management companies that burn aborted babies along with bio-hazard waste.
“It’s good news on Good Friday,” said Pam Olsen of the International House of Prayer, praising the new law.