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Urge Governor Desantis to Veto New Public Funding of Contraception

Urge Governor Desantis to Veto New Public Funding of Contraception

On March 14, the Florida legislature approved a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. The budget includes a new $2 million recurring appropriation for the Department of Health to contract with family planning providers, such as Planned Parenthood, in promoting and providing Hormonal Long-acting Reversible Contraception (HLARC). The manufacturers of hormonal intrauterine devices recognize that many women continue to ovulate while using the device; therefore, conception can still occur. However, HLARCs alter the uterine lining and create an inhospitable womb for implantation of the newly-conceived life.

This concern is raised in a letter from FCCB Executive Director Michael Sheedy to Governor DeSantis.

Governor DeSantis has line-item veto authority over the budget. Please urge the governor to veto budget line item 509, which allocates $2 million in public tax dollars to promote and provide abortifacients.