Florida Gov Candidate Scott Confirms Pro-Life Views, Backs Bill Against Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
October 15, 2010
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has confirmed his pro-life views with his support of a bill in the Florida state legislature that would ban abortions. However, pro-abortion candidate Alex Sink and media outlets are attempting to use the information to say he’s flip-flopping on the issue.
The Ledger of Lakeland reports Friday that state Rep. Charles Van Zant endorsed Rick Scott in an e-mail to supporters.
In the email, Van Zant says Scott told him he would support his legislation that would ban abortions with the exception of protecting the life of the mother.
"Scott pledged that he would assist in advancing the Florida for Life Act through both Florida’s House and Senate," he said. "He immediately said ‘Yes, that’s what I believe and that’s what I will do.’ He telephoned me last week to assure me that he would keep this issue before our state government."
Scott has campaigned as a pro-life candidate who also supports the rape and incest exceptions, and media outlets and the Sink campaign say the endorsement of the bill has Scott at odds with his own position.
But a spokesman for the Scott campaign said the candidate still supports the exceptions.
Scott campaign spokesman Travis Burk said "Rick Scott’s pro-life position has not changed," according ot the Ledger.
The newspaper indicates the bill claims the Florida legislature can ban abortion over the Supreme Court’s ruling because the Constitution does not give the court the "power to determine moral questions on behalf of the citizens of any state without their consent" and the nation’s high court is not "qualified to determine, establish, or define the moral values of the people of the United States and specifically for the people of Florida."
Sink has been a strong abortion advocate and urged pro-abortion Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a bill that would have allowed women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.
The bill would also have exempted Florida from the abortion funding provisions of the ObamaCare health care reform bill.
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