TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature launched another
set of attacks on women as they debated three anti-choice bills in
committee (HB 277, HB 839 and HB 1327). Ten bills have been introduced
this session, that attack women's reproductive health and rights - many
lacking exemptions for women who are facing threats to their health or
coping with fetal impairment or rape or incest.
"Instead of focusing on improving women's health, the Legislature is
attacking women's rights - and endangering their health," said Judith
Selzer, of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. "It's
time for our elected officials to stop playing politics with women's
The following bills were voted out of the subcommittee along party
HB 277 is an omnibus anti-choice bill that would further limit access to
reproductive health care - including life-saving cancer screenings,
birth control sexually and sexually transmitted infection testing and
treatment - by preventing new health centers from opening and by adding
unnecessary government regulation of and restrictions to abortion care.
HB 839 is a "one size fits all" bill that would cause harm to women 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 - even those that 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.
HB 1327 would require a physician to sign an affidavit stating that
she/he is not performing an abortion because of the potential race or
sex of a fetus or because of the pregnant woman's race. This bill is
designed by abortion opponents to polarize the public at the expense of
women. HB 1327 is about stigmatizing abortion, not addressing the health
care needs of women. It would interfere with patient privacy and
intrude upon the doctor-patient relationship. HB 1327 is a shameful
attempt to discredit doctors who provide abortion care and to attack
women of color who choose abortion.
Planned Parenthood is urging members of the Florida Legislature to
oppose these bills that will hurt women.
"During a time when Floridians struggle to overcome economic hardships -
and Florida women's health is at risk because of insufficient access to
affordable, quality health care - the Legislature is trying to limit
women's access to reproductive health care," Selzer said. "Instead of
focusing on improving women's health, they are attacking women's rights
- and endangering their health."
The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates (FAPPA) is the
state public policy office representing Florida's five Planned
Parenthood affiliates with 24 health care centers across the state.
FAPPA works to advance public policy in areas of reproductive health
care, family planning and medically-accurate sex education in order to
make comprehensive reproductive health care available to all.