Bill expands funding for pro-life advertising

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Billboards with photos of fetuses along some of Florida? highways that are intended to discourage abortion may become more numerous, reports the News Service of Florida. That? what opponents say a bill (SB 196) by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, could do because it eliminates a requirement that 70 percent of funding for ?hoose Life?license plates be used toward the care of pregnant women, instead letting a greater percentage be spent on advertising. It also requires the money from the plates be sent directly to Choose Life Inc., which will choose what non-profits to send it to. Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Stephanie Kunkel said the bill would allow for less money to be spent on the care of pregnant women or on adoption services. Fasano said he would consider changing his bill at a later stop so that it restores the 70 percent requirement.

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