Bill sponsors: Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona and Sen. Dennis Baxley, R- Ocala.
We Oppose HB 1437 / SB 1984
HB 1437 / SB 1984 could have a devastating impact on abortion access in Florida. The bill singles out abortion clinics, and, in doing so, stigmatizes providers at these clinics and the patients that rely on these clinics for necessary reproductive health care.
In some communities, funeral homes or cremation facilities may simply refuse to work with health care providers who provide abortion and nothing in this bill would require them to do so. Without these contracts, abortion providers could be forced to close, restricting or even eliminating access in the state.
Abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, work with patients on a case-by-case basis to answer any questions they may have about the disposal of embryonic or fetal tissue. This bill, however, would force ALL patients seeking an abortion to determine how fetal tissue is disposed of before they are allowed to have an abortion.
This bill does nothing to respect or support a pregnant person’s decision; instead, they mandate what a patient must do after having an abortion or miscarriage, regardless of their own wishes. Instead of focusing on these intrusive mandates, lawmakers need to focus on policies that improve reproductive health.
Instead of focusing on these intrusive laws that threaten women’s access to health care and shame them for their personal decisions, we should focus our attention—especially right now, in the midst of a global pandemic, on promoting laws that strengthen the health of our communities, and that support women and their families.
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