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  • Revenge Porn Law Goes on the Books in Florida 1, October2, 2015
    Revenge porn, or the practice of sharing intimate pictures of someone without their permission, now has a penalty attached to it. As Matt Galka tells us, a former Florida State student who was instrumental in the bill’s passing says it’s about time. Former Florida State student Carly Hellstrom had limited options two years ago. She […]
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  • Conservative Group Challenges Governor Over Planned Parenthood 1, October1, 2015
    A conservative group that had supported the Governor in the past is now on the verge of turning on him over Planned Parenthood.  As Matt Galka tells us, the group is demanding that the Governor defund the program. A Governor ordered investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics in the state was not enough according to the […]
    Matt Galka
  • Death Results in Diabetes Recognition Training for Police 1, October1, 2015
    The death of a Tampa man in police custody in April 2014 is the genesis of a new law taking effect today. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, from now on, police will be trained to know the difference between intoxication and a diabetic seizure. Arthur Green was stopped for driving erratically. Police though he was […]
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  • Money in Marijuana 1, September30, 2015
    Expanding medical marijuana use in Florida is expected to be up to voters again in November of 2016, but as Matt Galka tells us, state economists are talking the potential monetary impact before it gets to that point. Representatives from the Governor’s office and state legislature gathered Wednesday to hear Florida economist’s projections for revenue […]
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  • Warning Shot Keeps Man in Prison 1, September30, 2015
    When state lawmakers passed a bill allowing warning shots instead of deadly force, they cited the case of a Polk County man, Orville Lee Wollard, who’s serving 20 years for shooting into a wall. Today, Wollard asked to be freed, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, you might be surprised by the decision. After a […]
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  • Dozier School for Boys Facing Uncertain Future 1, September29, 2015
    Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet listened today to pleas to save the former Dozier School for Boys as a monument to the kids that lost their lives there while in state custody.  A two year survey has yielded 51 bodies  buried on the campus, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, a Dozier survivor […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Hospital Cost Containment Rick Scott Style 1, September29, 2015
    Governor Rick Scott wants hospitals to post their prices for procedures and annual financial reports on their web sites. Scott also wants to give consumers a place to complain when they feel they have been charged too much. Today Scott said hospitals want tax payer dollars, then taxpayers should know how they are using the […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Veterans Hall of Fame Nominees 1, September29, 2015
    Former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was one of eight names presented to the Governor and Cabinet today for inclusion in the Veteran Hall of Fame 2015 class. Campbell died last year after two decades as sheriff and four decades in law enforcement. Veterans Affairs Director Mike Pendergast says Campbell’s military service  and subsequent work […]
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  • Firefighter Pay Raises 1, September29, 2015
    Imagine putting your life on the line by battling wildfires, but only earning a few bucks more per hour than minimum wage.  As Matt Galka tells us, that’s the story for many state fire fighters, and the state’s Agriculture Commissioner wants to change that. The average Florida teacher makes around $46,000 according to the Department […]
    Matt Galka
  • Plastic Bag Ban Proposed for Coastal Communities 1, September28, 2015
    Paper or plastic? The common grocery store phrase could be a thing of the past. As Matt Galka tells us, some environmentally conscious lawmakers have proposed allowing cities near the water the option to ban plastic bags. You won’t catch Kathleen Turner with a plastic bag. She was on her way into Whole Foods with […]
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Religious Groups Split on Abortion

September 19th, 2012 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

There’s nothing new about Christians opposing abortion, but now there’s a coalition of religious leaders in Florida actually trying to save public funding to end pregnancies. As Whitney Ray tells us, a group of Catholics, Unitarians and Jews are uniting against a ballot question that would ban public funding for abortions.

Amendment 6 would put a ban on public funding of abortions in the Florida constitution. It’s already banned in statute. The ballot question would also allow lawmakers to give parents the final word when their teen tries to terminate her pregnancy.

For decades the pro-life, pro-choice debate has divided Christians from non-believers, but at least for this campaign season, the line is blurring.

Wednesday a group of religious leaders held a conference call opposing the ballot question saying it would change a woman’s right to privacy.

“We Catholics have no right to impose our theology on people of other faiths,” said BJ Star a Catholic, attorney.

On the call there was a Catholic Attorney, a Jewish leader, and a reverend of The First Unitarian Church.

“People of faith will have different opinions on many issues. Among those issues are parenting, pregnancy and abortion,” said Rev. Katy Schmitz of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando.

The group is accusing the Catholic Church of trying to impose its view point on women.

The Florida Catholic Conference has joined a group urging yes votes on Amendment 6. They say it wouldn’t ban abortions, just keep tax dollars from paying for them.

The Coalition’s Executive Director Mike McCarron says support for the amendment goes way beyond the Catholic Church.

“Many people of many faiths and non that also believe that unborn life should be protected,” said McCarron.

Public funding for abortion is already banned in Florida, but some Pro-life advocates fear state workers may use their state health benefits to pay for an abortion. Amendment 6 is just one of 11 ballot questions facing voters this November. Constitutional amendments need 60 percent support to pass.

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