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Stand Up For Reproductive Rights

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Action Alert - Stand Up For Reproductive Rights

When - Feb. 23, 2012 4-6PM

Where - Senate President Mike Haridoplos’ office, 3270 Suntree Blvd, Melbourne FL

Who - The Brevard Chapter of NOW - The National Organization For Women

Please wear BLACK. Signs will be provided highlighting the 7 anti choice bills and the anti-women Amendment 6 ballot inititive filed by Florida legislators

Background info:

Florida legislators have filed 7 anti choice bills so far this legislative session. Additionally the Florida Legislature has put the anti-women Amendment 6 on the 2012 ballot which amends the state constitution to deny women fundamental privacy rights.

Brevard NOW urges legislators to put aside politics and focus on the medical needs of the women and families they supposedly represent. We need common sense solutions to preventing unintended pregnancy: like expanding access to birth control and teaching teens how to protect themselves against unintended pregnancy and diseases that threaten their health.

Legislation Putting Women’s Health at Risk in the 2012 Session

SB 290/HB 277 by Sen. Flores (R-38), Rep. Burgin (R-57): This omnibus anti-choice bill would restrict Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and other preventative and affordable health care to Floridians by preventing new health centers from opening – adding more unnecessary government regulation.

SB 1374/HB 1151 by Sen. Wise (R-5), Rep. Van Zant (R-21): If passed, this would be one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country. This bill would ban all abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest, or sexual assault survivors, and a very limited exception for the life of the pregnant woman.

SB 1702/HB 1327 by Sen. Siplin (D-19), Rep. Plakon (R-37): On its face, this bill makes it illegal to terminate a pregnancy due to the potential sex or race of the fetus. However, it would require doctors to sign an affidavit stating that the termination is not motivated by sex or race selection. We condemn racism and sexism in all forms but legislation that overrides the doctor-patient relationship is not in the best interest of Florida women.

SB 234/HB 137 by Sen. Fasano (R-11), Rep. Ahern (R-51): On its face, this bill makes it a separate criminal offense under Florida’s vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter statutes to cause fetal demise through harming or killing a pregnant woman. In reality, however, this dangerous bill would violate due process of law and give legal rights to a fertilized ovum ─ even if the woman doesn’t know she is pregnant.

SB 1326 by Sen. Fasano (R-11): This Resolution wants to honor Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), even though a federal report found that CPCs intentionally provide false and misleading information to pregnant women seeking essential, medically accurate information at a difficult time in their lives.

HB 839 by Rep. Davis (R-13): HB 839 is a “one size fits all” bill that would cause harm to women and their families by banning abortions at 20 weeks with no exceptions for a pregnancy that is a result of rape or incest, or for a woman’s mental health or fetal abnormalities, which can go undiscovered early in a pregnancy. This bill would take away the opportunity for women facing medically complex pregnancies to make private, personal medical decisions without government interference.

SB 598 by Sen. Detert (R-23): This bill would require health insurers to provide coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs. However, it contains a dangerous refusal clause for “bona fide religious employers” that would limit thousands of women’s access to birth control because of the religious beliefs of their employers. If the refusal clause were to be removed, SB 598 would ensure that all women in Florida have access to family planning, regardless of their employers’ personal religious beliefs, and SB 598 becomes legislation that advances women’s health.

Florida Women's Health at Risk

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