Planned Parenthood asks court to block Florida abortion bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit asking a federal district court to block restrictions on abortions signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill prohibits state money from going to Planned Parenthood and also requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, or that the clinic have a patient transfer agreement.

Planned Parenthood officials said Thursday the restrictions scheduled to go into effect July 1 would bar access to birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other care for thousands of patients.

The organization said it’s the 16th lawsuit filed in an attempt to prevent care at its health centers. This comes as more than a dozen states have sought to halt or reduce public funding for Planned Parenthood.

Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Scott, said they were reviewing the lawsuit.

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