Protect the Right to Choose in Florida

Planned Parenthood Supporters by Sarah Mirk

Target: Governor Rick Scott

Goal: Urge Rick Scott to veto Florida’s dangerous anti-abortion legislation.

Conservatives have been pushing hard to roll back women’s privacy and autonomy. In Texas, onerous and unnecessary regulations have forced many abortion providers to close their doors, restricting women’s access to safe and effective medical care. As a result, many Texas women have been forced to make long journeys in search of the care they need and upwards of 100,000 of them have attempted to self-induce abortion. Some turned to pharmaceutical abortifacients but others were forced to resort to herbs, or even “getting hit or punched in the abdomen.” With the passage of equally restrictive legislation, a similar travesty could be coming to the Sunshine State.

Recently, the Florida Senate passed the anti-abortion legislation and the state house followed suit a day later. Now Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signature is the only thing standing between Florida women and a shocking imposition on their personal autonomy. Tell Governor Scott to follow Senator Sanders’ advice: “Don’t play politics with abortion.” Sign on to make your voice heard before it’s too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Governor Scott,

The Florida legislature has passed a dangerous piece of legislation that would jeopardize public health and grossly violate the privacy of your citizens. Veto the latest attempt to impede access to women’s health care, HB 1411, to ensure that abortion remains safe and accessible in your state.

In the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the court affirmed abortion as a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. Twenty years later the court reaffirmed that conclusion in Planned Parenthood v Casey, “recogniz[ing] the right of the individual to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.” Such rights, however, are only meaningful so long as it remains possible to exercise them. By burdening abortion providers with unnecessary regulations, Florida’s planned legislation would prevent women form exercising a right confirmed twice by the Supreme Court.

Consider too the immediate harm that restrictive anti-abortion legislation would inflict on your citizens. After Texas enacted similar abortion restrictions the number of clinics in the state decreased dramatically, and the average distance from a Texas county to an abortion provider surged to 111 miles. Without practicable access to medical assistance, Texas women have been forced to self induce abortion. That is not a scene that should be repeated in Florida, but it will be if nothing is done to stop the dangerous legislation awaiting your signature.

Stand with us. Stand for women. Veto HB 1411.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo: Sarah Mirk

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