Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Goal: Stop laws that would force the closure of many abortion clinics in Florida.
Abortion and sexual health clinics in Florida could soon see mass closings similar to those seen in Texas after excessively restrictive anti-choice laws were passed. An advancing bill presented by the Health and Human Services Committee would see severe funding restrictions placed on Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, and would mandate that all doctors performing termination procedures have admitting privileges at a hospital. Because many hospitals, particularly Catholic ones, are not willing to grant these privileges, accessibility of abortion could become severely limited.
Another bill would force clinics to become more like hospitals, filled with expensive equipment not necessary for abortions, which are one of the safest procedures currently performed in health care. In Texas, similar laws forced the closure of nearly half of all abortion clinics. Those that remained open were forced to change their environment from a comfortable, welcoming environment to a cold, sterile facility without so much as art on the walls.
These bills, while introduced under the guise of patient health, would force the closure of many of Florida’s abortion clinics and put undue financial strain on those that remain. Without access to safe and legal abortion, some women will be forced to resort to dangerous measures or costly and extensive travel.
In order to ensure that women can both afford and access pregnancy terminations and reproductive health care, it is imperative that these bills are not passed into law. Sign the petition below to demand that these proposed assaults on women’s health rights are thrown out.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
The health of millions of Florida women is being put at risk by proposed restrictions on abortion and abortion providers. Bills progressing in the House would see severe limits on funding to Planned Parenthood, which also provides other forms of sexual health care such as STI treatments and prenatal care. Another bill would require practicing abortion providers to have admission privileges at nearby hospitals, which can be impossible if the hospitals have religious affiliations.
Similar laws recently implemented in Texas forced the closure of over half the state’s abortion clinics, drastically limiting accessibility of abortions and other reproductive health services. We, the undersigned, demand that this attack on women’s health rights is not passsed into law.
[Your Name Here]
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