Online Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Florida
If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know that women are facing an unprecedented nationwide attack. Now, anti-reproductive-rights forces in the Florida legislature have joined the war on women’s health with a House committee passing what may be the most dangerous attack on women’s access to abortion care in recent Florida history.
The bill passed yesterday began as a targeted attack on medical facilities that provide abortion care to women, placing restrictive regulations on these clinics that no other kind of medical facility faces — an effort to regulate clinics that provide reproductive health services out of existence. But last-minute amendments require doctors to give their patients “medical advice” based on the junk science of “fetal pain” which has been debunked by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is designed to intimidate and shame women.
Deciding whether and when to become a parent is one of the most private and important decisions a person can make. Because no two women’s situations are the same, the decision should be made by her, her family, and her doctor — not by politicians. No government should force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term if she has decided she can’t.
If the legislature passes this bill or its companion in the Senate, it would be a crowning achievement to those who want government to intrude into the doctor-patient relationship and ignore the individual needs and situations of each woman.
The war on women’s health must stop. Tell Florida legislators to trust women to know what’s best for their futures and families.