Advocates Criticize Legislature’s Assault on Women’s Health

Why attack women's reproductive health and rights during a health care crisis?

Tallahassee, FL -- Today, the Florida Legislature continued attacks on
women as they debated and passed two anti-choice bills (HB 839 and HB
1327) in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. Women's health advocates,
citing a recent report that finds Florida women face a health crisis,
question legislative priorities.

"Some legislators are obsessed with a narrow anti-choice agenda, while
they should be focused on helping the nearly two million women who do
not have health insurance," said Judith Selzer, of the Florida Alliance
of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.  "Let's stop scoring political points
and start supporting women and their families as they struggle to get
access to the health care they need."

The "Women's Health at Risk" report, released by the Florida Association
of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, reveals that Florida women face
serious obstacles as they struggle to get access to affordable, quality
health care.  The report finds that almost a third of the people living
with HIV/AIDS in Florida are women.  Florida also has a high rate of
unintended pregnancies each year.

"Florida has almost one-quarter-of-a-million unintended pregnancies
annually," Selzer said.  "So why are legislators trying to make it
harder to access reproductive health care services, such as birth
control and sex education?   Planned Parenthood is trying to reduce
unintended pregnancies while politicians in Tallahassee are working
against us."

Planned Parenthood is urging members of the Florida Legislature to
oppose the anti-choice bills that will hurt women.

"Florida women's health is at risk because of insufficient access to
affordable, quality health care," Selzer said.  "We challenge lawmakers
to join with Planned Parenthood in our efforts to improve women's health
and protect women's rights."

To read the full "Women's Health at Risk" report or to review county
data visit

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