A Florida bill was approved Wednesday in the state senate requiring abortion clinics to either have a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital, or their doctors performing abortions need to have admitting privileges there. The provision was also included in a Texas law enacted in 2013 that caused around 40 abortion providers to close under the weight of tougher restrictions.
The bill also prohibits public money from being used at Planned Parenthood affiliates. Government agencies, such as local and county health departments, would be prevented from funding Planned Parenthood affiliates or abortion providers for services for the poor, such as cancer screenings or birth control.
House Bill 1411 passed in the Florida Senate 25-15 and will return to the House since the Senate changed language in the bill, reported the Tampa Bay Times. The original measure passed in the House last week.
Taxpayer money cannot be used to fund abortions under state law, but Medicaid allocates about $200,000 for sexually transmitted disease testing, cancer screenings and other services at the state’s abortion providers.