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Gov. Scott doesn't plan to cancel Planned Parenthood contracts


Gov. Rick Scott has no interest in cancelling the state's Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood.

Spokeswoman Jackie Schutz confirmed that the governor has no intentions to cancel the contracts after the conservative Florida Family Policy Council went after Scott on Thursday, demanding that he cancel the contracts.

Florida has not paid a direct subsidy to Planned Parenthood since 2001, when funding was vetoed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. But the organization does receive funds through the state's share of Medicaid reimbursements: $45,000, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

“We believe he has a moral, ethical and now a fiscal obligation to do this,” Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger said Thursday. “We believe this is what a pro-life governor could do and should do.”

Scott issued a statement in response pointing out that the state investigated Planned Parenthood in the wake of controversial videos released this summer and reminding people about his opposition to abortion.