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Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Vetoes Have “Marked Some Babies for Death”

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Vetoes Have “Marked Some Babies for Death”

Florida Governor Rick Scott already made it clear via his vetoes that he has a radical agenda that is designed to leave most lower income women barefoot and pregnant in the state.  But now he’s making it even clearer that although pregnancy is the goal, once the baby is out his responsibility to the women ends there.

As Ashley Lopez reports over at the Florida Independent, an even closer look at Scott’s line item vetoes shows that he has unilaterally cut numerous programs that are in place to ensure that newborns are healthy.  Most ominous, a veto of a legislatively approved measure to test for an immunodeficiency disease in babies that if caught early enough could greatly decrease the costs of treatment and the likelihood of saving the baby’s life.

For years, Smith has been fighting to have Florida add SCID to the list of genetic diseases newborns are tested for and, this year, lawmakers approved a $2 million start-up plan. However, this week Governor Rick Scott vetoed it.

“Heartbreaking, actually made me sick to my stomach,” Smith says of her reaction.

Dr. John Sleasman, a USF professor and an immunologist at All Children’s Hospital, also finds the veto hard to understand. “I was a little baffled,” he says.

Sleasman says the screening not only saves lives but, in the long run, it would also save the state money. He says if SCID is caught early, a bone marrow transplant can cure a baby. The survival rate is very high. But after three months of age, the risks and costs skyrocket. If an infant is on Medicaid, the state can pay a million dollars for treatment and still not save the infant’s life.

Sleasman says Scott, with his red veto marker, marked some babies for death. “It bothers me. By delaying it for a year or two, more babies will die needlessly.”

When Scott fought to have women be forced to give ultrasounds before abortions, hoping that despite proof otherwise, one or two babies might be saved, it was cheered by anti-choice advocates.  But when he vetoes funding for a medical test that could save babies’ lives, not a word.

The object is to make women have the babies, but there is no interest in ensuring they thrive.

 

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photo from By State of Florida (http://www.flgov.com/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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1:18PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Patti T.--You are so right. I don't believe in abortion, but I also don't believe I have the right to tell anyone else they can't have one. I keep saying that the Republicans are slitting their own throats with all the destructive actions they are taking. I only hope those who voted them in are paying attention to what they have caused.

10:20AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

And yet people STILL Vote for these Rebutts!! How much MORE Proof do You NEED that they DO NOT CARE about Anything or Anyone that does NOT Benefit THEM????????
Let's spend money to make SURE Women carry out their Pregnancies, BUT...after delivery, let's make SURE Women can NOT get the ENTITLEMENTS to Keep these Babies ALIVE, like- FOOD...MEDICAL...HOUSING...on & on & on.......
WHEN IS AMERICA GOING TO WAKE UP-OPEN THEIR EYES & SEE, REALLY SEE WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE GOING TO BE IF WE KEEP LETTING REBUTTS HAVE THEIR WAY!!!!!
@ DUNCAN>>>>> I see you're Very good at re-posting others comments....let's hear Something--Anything Half Way Intelligent From YOU as an Opinion OR , if you claim FACT, the Source & Research of Your Abundant Wisdom!!!

10:01AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Repubs are a cruel subset of humans. Rick Scott leads the pack -- his eyes look fanatical, and whenever a person or group "knows best" for the rest of us, look out. In America, we've always had the tradition and promise of looking out for each other. With repubs taking over in various places, the meanness quotient has gone through the roof. Repubs always "say" they want to save money, but their plans save a penny and end up costing a dollar in the long run. Keep up the fight for justice and humanity, people.

1:14PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

This is making less sense with every passing day. Are there really no other costs he might cut if he wants to do that so much?

7:32PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Christopher Murray, we are trying to have him recalled or impeached, however, there is no law in Florida that allows for an elected official to be recalled. Since our Legislature is also mostly Republican/Tea Bagger, they won't impeach him either. Nor will they allow a Constitutional amendment on the ballot to make a law allowing us to recall elected officials.

8:27AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

"Your hyperbole is shameful."

Yet you engage in just that! "So his motive is to keep women 'barefoot and pregnant'."

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Florida Governor Rick Scott's Vetoes Have "Marked Some Babies for Death"
Everything is politics with you guys. Can't you approach an argument with ethics, morality and just plain what's right and wrong? Maybe you think like that but not everybody else does. So his motive is to keep women 'barefoot and pregnant'. Your hyperbole is shameful.

2:07PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Everything is politics with you guys. Can't you approach an argument with ethics, morality and just plain what's right and wrong? Maybe you think like that but not everybody else does.
So his motive is to keep women 'barefoot and pregnant'.
Your hyperbole is shameful.

6:57AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

many comments here are nuts and way off track!

6:56AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Democrats seem to think recalls are for those elected that don't agree with them!

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Florida Governor Rick Scott's Vetoes Have "Marked Some Babies for Death"
Again if you dont believe in this guy that appears to be an alien's ideas, I urge you to do the democratic thing and initiate a recall, fire his ass!

2:20PM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Who would ever accept anything Michael Moore says at face value!?

The man is a shill for himself!

Were cuts not necessary the various and sundry government in the country would not be going broke!

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Florida Governor Rick Scott's Vetoes Have "Marked Some Babies for Death"
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/america-is-not-broke Above link posted for anyone who believes that these sorts of cuts to basic services are necessary.

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