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Please sign and ask your friends to sign!

We believe the privacy clause in Florida's Constitution protects our right to abortion, but that didn't stop DeSantis from signing a bill in 2022 that limited abortion rights and then a bill in 2023 that basically will make all abortions illegal as of its effective date. Let's pass this amendment making it clear to the courts that Floridians want abortion rights protected.

Previous  court decisions have ruled that the privacy clause  was intended to protect abortion rights, but since many Federalist Society judges have been appointed to Florida courts, we can't be sure the courts will rule that the privacy clause protects abortion rights.  After all look what the six extremist US Surpreme Court justices did to Roe. 

Read more about the law suit HERE

Our VP is featured in a national

publication.  Read the article at this link.

  1. Expand pharmacists’ authority to provide contraceptive services.

  2. Enact new state and federal policies that protect access to safe abortions.

  3. Extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers for a minimum of one year.

  4. Increase access to doulas to support birthing experiences and postpartum wellness.

  5. Increase public funding for high-quality, affordable child care.
    Footnote: The authors recognize that reproductive justice is a human rights issue.
    Read more here.

A few clips from an informative webinar

In these three clips, the doctor answers a question about abortions performed 15 weeks after a person's last period when the fetus is 13 weeks

This clip is an answer to a question about fake clinics

A few more clips from the webinar

In this clip, the doctor urges us to elect legislators who will keep abortions legal so they remain safe.

Contraception

Check out your birth control options. 

Find a method that fits your body and your life with this interactive method explorer:

 

 It appears that the department of health thinks this material is important enough to allow teenagers to access it without parental consent. Excerpt from the Florida Department of Health:

Teens, ages 13 and up, can receive family planning education and services with or without parental consent. No or low cost services are provided by most providers.

Services Provided 

      • Pregnancy tests

      • HIV / STD testing

      • Education and counseling

      • Contraceptive methods (birth control)

      • Free condoms

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA) amends the Title X Family Planning regulations to restore access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services for more Americans. For more information:

Plan B or Plan C

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, since 2013, allowed retailers to sell emergency contraception (EC) --also known as plan B on the shelf to anyone regardless of age or gender, and without a requirement to present identification. For more information:

https://floridareprofreedom.org/ec/

It’s 45-50 minutes long and very well done!

Link to the webinar from KFF on Medication Abortion:

https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/event/july-20-web-event-medication-abortion-post-roe-v-wade/

Here is a resource that was mentioned on the webinar:

https://www.plancpills.org/

According to this link: "Routine ultrasound is not considered medically necessary as a component of a first-trimester abortion."
https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/state-indicator/ultrasound-requirements/

Be aware of fake clinics giving bogus medical information. 

Please report fake clinics.
Details:

https://floridareprofreedom.org/fakeclinics/

Maternal mental health

Maternal Mental Health Now offers valuable resources for providers and families. 
Check them out:

Information about abortion bans

The plaintiffs argue the ban on abortion violates individual privacy rights that are enshrined in the state constitution


https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/06/florida-15-week-abortion-ban-state-constitution-privacy-rights.html

State bans on abortion don’t apply to emergency health care, White House reminds providers
By Jennifer Shutt, Florida Phoenix
The Biden administration reminded doctors and other health care providers Monday that a federal law protects them if they provide abortion services to save a patient’s life or health in emergency situations — regardless of what state laws say.

The Near-Total Abortion Ban bill HB 7/SB 300 was fast-tracked by the super majority of Republicans in the Florida legislature and signed by the Governor on April 13th. Please don't be silent as they take our rights away. 

Please vote OUT the legislators who voted yes when they run for re-election.

Here’s a Planned Parenthood's fact sheet on the bill.

Please vote OUT the legislators who voted to make abortion illegal in Florida. 

Events in our Communities (ordered by date) 

LWV St. Petersburg Repro Rights Action Team Meeting w/League of Women Voters
Tuesday, June 20th at 6pm EST
Sign up to get Zoom link

America 1 Year After Dobbs: Taking up the mantle of reproductive health w/She Should Run & National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
Wednesday, June 21st from 12pm EST to 1:00pm EST
Register for webinar

Women's Health Protection Action Info Training w/United State of Women
Wednesday, June 21st from 6pm-7pm EST
Register for virtual training

Film Screening: Under G-D: The Path to Reproductive Freedom a Year After Dobbs
Wednesday, June 21st @ 7 PM EST
Trailer  |  Register for link

Do less harm in a post-Dobbs world: What lawyers and health care providers need to know about self-managed abortion and criminalization w/If/When/How
Thursday, June 22nd from 12pm EST to 4:30pm ET
Register for link

Dobbs Anniversary Day of Action Events in FL:

Rally for Roe Clearwater w/Bans Off Our Bodies FL & West Pinellas NOW
Saturday, June 24th, 10am-11:30am EST
Clearwater Courthouse
Facebook Event Page

Orlando Abortion Rights One Year After Dobbs Petition Event
Saturday, June 24th, 10am-12:30pm EST
Orlando address sent upon RSVP
RSVP Page

South Lake Day of Action 
Saturday, June 24th 10am-12pm
Cooper Memorial Library
RSVP Page

The Villages Day of Action 
Saturday, June 24th 10am-12pm
Chula Vista Recreation Center
RSVP Page

Greater Leesburg Day of Action 
Saturday, June 24th 10am-12pm
Macedonia Church
RSVP Page

Golden Triangle Day of Action 
Saturday, June 24th 10am-12pm
Lake County Democratic Party Headquarters
RSVP Page

4 Corners Day of Action 
Saturday, June 24th 10am-12pm
Cagan Crossing Community Library
RSVP Page

Bay County Petition Signing Event
Saturday, June 24th 6pm-7pm EST
History Class Brewing Company 
RSVP Page

Broward: Protect Abortion Rights One Year After Dobbs
Saturday, June 24th 12pm-3pm EST
Fort Lauderdale 
RSVP Page

The Economic Impact of Reproductive Healthcare on Small Businesses w/ Small Business Majority and National Women's Law Center
Wednesday, June 28th 12pm-1pm EST
Webinar Registration Page

National Organization for Women Conference
June 30th-July 2nd
Arlington, VA
Registration Page

Childcare as Reproductive Justice by SisterSong
Tuesday, June 27th 4pm-5:30pm EST
Limited space remaining
Registration Page for Webinar

 

News Roundup
(Some of the news stories below may require a subscription to read.) 

Florida

Over 130k signatures collected to put abortion on Florida ballot in 2024
By Yacob Reyes
Axios
Floridians Protecting Freedom has collected over 130,000 signatures since early May for their petition to place a constitutional amendment protecting abortion access on next year's ballot.

Advocates have gathered over 100,000 petitions to get abortion access on Florida’s 2024 ballot
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
Just about one month after launching a campaign to get abortion access on the state ballot in 2024, abortion rights advocates in Florida have gathered 100,000 petitions so far for the proposed ballot measure, according to a leader involved in the campaign, mobilizing thousands of volunteers across the state.

Abortion advocates in Florida fight to put issue on 2024 ballot
By Treasure Roberts
WKMG Orlando
Floridians Protecting Freedom, a newly formed political committee, is spearheading a campaign to get abortion access on the 2024 ballot.

Florida Supreme Court abortion ruling could drop at any moment
By Libbey Dean
WTTA Tampa Bay
Uncertainty and confusion surround abortion laws in the Sunshine State with bans being up in the Florida Supreme Court.

DeSantis touts Florida’s six-week abortion ban. Does that help or hurt his campaign?
By Romy Ellenbogen
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
When he kicked off his presidential campaign in socially conservative Iowa, Gov. Ron DeSantis bragged about the six-week abortion ban he signed into law.

Ron DeSantis slams Donald Trump as soft on abortion
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking his case against former President Donald Trump to evangelical voters, with the state’s six-week abortion ban taking center stage.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says he would support 15-week federal abortion ban
By Sarah Fortinsky
The Hill
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, the newest Republican to enter the 2024 presidential race, said he would support a 15-week federal abortion ban with rare exceptions, but stopped short of backing a six-week abortion ban.

Florida's Democratic Senate Leader In D.C. Discussing Abortion Access
By Wendi Grossman
WFLA Tampa Bay
Florida's Senate Democratic Leader is at White House State Legislative Convening on Abortion Access.

It's been nearly a year since Roe v. Wade was overturned. How have you been impacted?
By Stephanie Colombini
WUSF Tampa
It’s been nearly one year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which for decades had protected the right to abortion access in the U.S.

National

Most Americans Favor Availability of Abortion Pill
By Mohamed Younis
Gallup
More than six in 10 Americans favor keeping the abortion pill mifepristone available in the U.S. as a prescription drug, while over a third are opposed.

I’m a doctor: Once a patient is ‘sick enough’ for abortion, it’s often too late
By Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt
The Hill
Abortion policies may have become more restrictive in 14 states following the overturn of Roe v. Wade one year ago.

It’s Time to Call Abortion Bans What They Are—Torture and Cruelty
By Payal Shah and Akila Radhakrishnan
The Nation
On August 24, 2022, Mayron Hollis sought an abortion after receiving news that her pregnancy was endangering her life and its continuation would likely result in uterine rupture and organ damage.

How data from abortion rights fights in 2022 could shape 2024
By Grace Panetta
The 19th
Democrats and abortion rights organizers achieved significant wins in the 2022 midterms  — and collected hundreds of millions of data points about voters along the way.

The Post-Roe Health Care Crisis
Reveal News
Abortion bans are confusing doctors about what’s still legal. Reveal investigates the effects on pregnant women and the growing influence of anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.

Lawmakers in blue states are linking protections for abortion and gender-affirming care
By Grace Panetta and Orion Rummler
The 19th
Blue states are crafting a new kind of legislation to respond to a dramatic wave of restrictions on abortion access and gender-affirming care across the country.

Letters to the editor

One more question
By Gerald Kaszer, St. Petersburg
Tampa Bay Times
There is a question No. 8 that needs to be asked: Will you support children delivered because abortion was not available and will you bring the father to account? These children may have medical conditions, no home, mentally and/or physically unfit parents, an absent caregiver and other compromises. The need for such care is continuous; it is unlikely that it goes away after a year or two, and it could be quite costly. It is neither sufficient nor accurate to respond that the resources are already there. A similar question applies to a mother’s life lost because of an unabated pregnancy.

The harsh truth
By Roger Cullen, Homosassa
Citrus County Chronicle
Excerpt: Also in this newsletter is an ACLU article on abortions in this state. Did you know that in 2021, girls aged 15-17 had 79,817 legal abortions? This year, in 2023, that number will probably rise to 90,530 abortions. Can you imagine the damage to young girls caused by the new 6-week law that DeSantis has signed? Making a young woman carry an unwanted pregnancy to term leads to almost a four-fold increase in the odds that her household income will be below the FPL.

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