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Florida Governor Funds Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Vetos Rape Crisis Centers

Florida Governor Funds Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Vetos Rape Crisis Centers

Florida Governor Rick Scott has made it clear that when it comes to spending government dollars, he has his priorities.  The state is dedicated to its unconstitutional policy of drug-testing welfare applicants before allowing them to receive benefits, even though they are spending more money on the testing than they save through denying benefits.  And despite pulling funding from multiple health care providers as a means of balancing the budget, Scott still found $2 million to give to deceptive “crisis pregnancy centers” dedicated to talking women into continuing pregnancies they consider terminating.

Coercing a woman out of abortion is a noble, state-sanctioned endeavor.  Helping a woman who has been sexually assaulted?  Not as much.

The governor has now chosen to veto $1.5 million in funding for the state’s 30 rape crisis centers, declaring the function “duplicative” and unnecessary.  His spokesperson told the Huffington Post, “”his new funding of $1.5 million would have been duplicative, since, as a state, we already fund sexual violence programs. There was no information suggesting any needs in this area weren’t already being met. The state already provides about $6.5 million for rape prevention and sexual assault services. That is in addition to the funds available for domestic violence programs — $29 million to be specific. Many victims of sexual violence seek refuge at domestic violence shelters.”

However, advocates of the programs say that the majority of the funding goes to education and prevention, not for dealing with actual victims.  And domestic violence and rape are two very different entities with little in common other than the fact that both primarily effect women.

On the bright side, if the victim ends up pregnant, she can always visit a well-funded crisis pregnancy center, where they will tell her that it’s not the baby’s fault she was raped and offer her a box of Pampers to make her feel better.

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6:49AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

"And domestic violence and rape are two very different entities with little in common other than the fact that both primarily effect women"
As a social worker specializing in domestic violence and sexual assult, I feel the need to make one corretion this article.
Sexaul assult is in fact linked with domesic violence, they have many things in common, power and control being the main thing. Many victims of domestic violence are raped by thier partners repeatably, ofen these rapes are more violent then other forms of rape. While I agree that we need funding for both programs, due to the fact that this is a huge problem in our society, I would be remiss if I did not address that false statement in the article.

12:58PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

This guy has the same mentality as a Nazi German and he should not ever be able to hold a governors office in this country, in fact, he should be run out of America period! I hope the put him in jail!

12:38PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

People like this Governor Scott are what I call the Christian Jihad and promote their brand of Sharia against American women!

6:05AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Perhaps the Florida Governor needs to experience rape first-hand to understand why our country needs to keep AND EXPAND services and help for victims of rape and violence. Perhaps if he himself were to be a victim, or his wife, daughters, granddaughters, etc. were like common people who don't have police protection and body guards, he might have a greater understanding of life "out here in the trenches". Quite frankly, it's beginning to feel as though we are being "raped" by our very own government officials, with this WAR ON WOMEN being waged, just so men can regain the CONTROL they think they've lost because they can't continue to violate us.

I hope all women are paying close attention and WILL VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS THIS NOVEMBER.

9:53PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

oh florida.

8:32AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Gov. Scott at work! Yet again. He needs to present a paper on what he does with the federal funded money that is supposed to go to the program designated. I believe he uses the money for whatever he desires. Too bad the people who voted for him didn't do their homework. He was investigated for fraud of Medicare before he was voted in. Of course I don't recall what ever happened with that. This is FL after all!

7:38AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Li'l Jeffy, and I refer top your rationality, since you're always wrong, why don't you just give your computer to someone who can use it and just curl up with a cat and wither away?

Or get some book learnin' and realize how dumb your posts are.

6:00AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Here's hoping enough people wake up this November and vote the Rethuglican Religious Reich OUT of office! These mental furballs are completely out of touch with the American people and the idea of equal rights for EVERYONE that it's not even funny!

3:55AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

6:08PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Rape, it's not a big deal, it only causes physical and emotional pain and leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of victims. Male, female, LGBT, or child...you're left different than you were before help and support by knowledgeable, understanding professionals is of the utmost importance to achieve any level of "normalcy" post trauma.

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