Amendment 6 would prohibit tax money for abortion
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NAPLES, Fla.- Should your taxpayer money be used to pay for abortions? An initiative on the November ballot would not allow state tax money to pay for abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Collier County is a familiar place of protest because it offers abortions. The health care center in Naples is now fighting back. The center posted a sign and it says ignored the people on the sidewalk.
"We are here to let our patients know we are going to be here for them with doors open every step of the way," said Sara Vitale, Director of Communications & Outreach and Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is speaking out about Amendment 6 which you will see on the November ballot. If passed, the amendment would prohibit the use of state tax money for abortions except as required by federal law. Opponents including Planned Parenthood argue it would strip away a woman's right to choose.
"Amendment 6 looks to put politicians in a woman's personal medical decision," said Vitale.
Opponents argue if passed, the state could also ban private health insurance policies from paying abortions for public employees.
"It is important to remember who would be impacted if Amendment 6 passes, police officers, nurses, teachers, woman who are dedicated public servants," said Vitale.
The Catholic Church says passing the amendment would protect taxpayers' rights. I spoke with Ave Maria's President by phone on Monday.
"Florida tax dollars should not be spent to pay for procedures which many find immoral," said James Towey, Ave Maria University President.
The Catholic Dioceses of Venice urges people to vote "yes" on Amendment 6 and protect human life when under attack.
"The church supports health care for women, but does not view abortions as health care," said Towey.
A public forum will be held on October 16 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Road to discuss and debate the constitutional amendments that will appear on the Nov. 6th ballot.