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New Bill McCollum mailer hits Rick Scott on abortion




Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum is trying to rip Rick Scott pro-life cred by noting that some of the hospitals acquired and operated by Rick Scott's former company, Columbia/HCA, performed abortions. 

 Scott Spokewoman Jennifer Baker: “So Bill McCollum takes campaign contributions from lobbyists for Planned Parenthood yet now attacks about abortion.  What hypocrisy. “The truth is, Rick is 100% pro-life and supports overturning of Roe v. Wade.  Unlike Bill McCollum, Rick  would sign a lifetime ban on embryonic stem cell research.  No true defender of the unborn believes in discarding human embryos yet this is Mr. McCollum's position.

“ HCA abided by all conscience clauses including with hospitals that had Catholic, Baptist and other religious affiliations.  HCA even lost a $43 million judgment when our doctors successfully fought to save the life of a special needs child even though the parents wanted the child to die.  When a company is willing to lose that amount of money to save human life its position on life issues is clear and self-evident.  

“McCollum's latest attack is an personal insult from a hypocritical career politician who is dropping like a rock in the polls.  After all, McCollum's new concern for the unborn hasn't stopped him from pocketing thousands in campaign contributions from hospitals that perform abortions.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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