If anti-abortion lawmakers get their way and ban abortion, Floridians seeking an abortion will be forced to travel to North Carolina to receive this care, if they can even afford it. Do these anti-abortion legislators care that they are asking working Floridians to foot this bill? It may not be a lot for them, but it’s make or break for most of us.
Guttmacher estimates that the closest place to get an abortion if Florida banned it would be North Carolina. Below is the average cost of traveling to North Carolina to receive this care - this is the cruel and unreasonable financial burden that you will be putting on your constituents.
1,166 miles is the average round trip to the nearest abortion provider in North Carolina if Florida were to pass either a 6-week ban, a 15-week ban, or a 20-week ban.
4 nights of lodging since North Carolina has a 72 hour waiting period to access an abortion.
1,166 miles is a long way to drive, not everyone has a car and not everyone trusts that their car can make it that far.
The waiting period in NC means Floridians who now have to travel to access safe and legal care will need 5 days of food - with an average cost of $15 per meal to account for rising food costs.
4 full days of child care for 2 kids - not everyone has readily available childcare.
The cost of an abortion varies depending on the kind of care needed. One thing is for certain, most insurance plans refuse to cover abortion, so those costs are often out of pocket.
5 days of lost wages at $10/hour, Florida’s minimum wage. We are billing you the lowest amount possible for this invoice - even though it’s not enough to live on with Floridian’s rising cost of living.
If anti-abortion lawmakers get their way and ban abortion, Floridians seeking an abortion will be forced to travel to North Carolina to receive this care, if they can even afford it. Please remit payment immediately to your constituents who will desperately need your help getting to NC in the face of an abortion ban in Florida.
Senate President Wilton Simpson
Sen. Pres. Designate Kathleen Passidomo
House Speaker Chris Sprowls
Representative Erin Grall
Representative Colleen Burton
Representative Will Robinson
Representative John Snyder
Senator Jason Brodeur
Senator Danny Burgess
Senator Ileana Garcia
Senator Manny Diaz
Senator Kelli Stargel
Sen. Majority Leader Debbie Mayfield
Senator Aaron Bean
Speaker Pro Tempore Bryan Avila
House Majority Leader Michael Grant
Visit the Guttmacher website for an interactive map that allows users to see the potential effects of a total ban, a 15-week ban and a 20-week ban on how far people would have to drive to get an abortion.