On Wednesday, Tea Party extremists in the Florida Legislature passed HB 1411, a bill that threatens to block access to reproductive health care for thousands of Floridians. Supporters of this terrible bill disingenuously argued their motives were about protecting "vulnerable" women. The truth is, the bill contains Texas-style restrictions on safe, legal abortion that could close down health centers throughout the state.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Kelli Stargel, is still using the debunked video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood to justify this attack on women’s access to health care. While the politicians behind this bill claim the restrictions are intended to improve women’s health, the reality is that they will do just the opposite. In fact, a New York Times analysis shows that Google searches for how to self-induce an abortion have skyrocketed in recent years in states that have restricted access to safe, legal abortion.
The bill would also block access to birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and other care for the more than 5,500 Title X patients and nearly 2,000 Medicaid patients served by Planned Parenthood in Florida. And it could shutter access to safe, legal abortion across Florida.
We need to stand with Planned Parenthood against these obscene attacks on safe and legal access to abortion and reproductive health care. Tell Gov. Scott to veto this attack on women and families in Florida.