Florida Will Create Hotline for Abortion Alternatives for Pregnant Women

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Florida Will Create Hotline for Abortion Alternatives for Pregnant Women

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 28, 2005

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — A new state program in Florida would promote abortion alternatives and tout a statewide hotline that would connect women with concerns about their pregnancies to local pregnancy centers that provide help and assistance.

Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings announced the new initiative Monday and said, "It’s all about making sure that there are services there in the community to help women who feel they don’t have a choice."

"We want them to know that they do have a choice," Jennings added.

According to an Associated Press report, Jennings announced the plan at stops Monday at pregnancy centers in Jacksonville and Miami. Pro-life state legislators joined her at the events.

Governor Bush has placed $4 million in his state budget for the program, which would be overseen by his office. He would hire a coordinator who would work with pregnancy centers across the state.

Under the program, Florida would also provide grants to local crisis pregnancy centers.

The program would advise women about abortion alternatives, help them find doctors and other pregnancy resources, and would also help women with jobs and education after the pregnancy.

"The support is needed just as much in the next year as it is in the prenatal time, to help them work through job issues, making sure they have everything they need for the baby, counseling for how they work through the postpartum months, all of that is as important as the pre-delivery time," Jennings said.

Lt. Governor Jennings said she was concerned that about one out of every three pregnancies in the state ends in abortion.

"We want to make sure that no woman feels there is no alternative, that she doesn’t have a place to go, that there’s not someone who will help her," she said.

Stephanie Grutman of Planned Parenthood of Florida told AP that her organization opposed the idea because she claims pregnancy centers present women with biased information that leads them away from abortions.