Yet another attack on access to abortion care has been introduced in the Florida Leggilature. HB 19/SB 1140 is a blatant attempt to intimidate and shutter safe and law-abiding abortion providers.
This bill is designed to make it too risky for doctors to do their job by increasing their exposure to frivolous lawsuits and would significantly increase the risk physicians face in providing safe and legal abortion care.
Let’s be clear: abortion is an extremely safe procedure and serious complications are exceedingly rare. Health care providers who perform abortions should not be singled out for harsher and discriminatory treatment.
This bill attempts to intimidate physicians who perform legal abortions, a procedure with an incredibly high safety record, with the threat of double liability for damages. The reasons are political, not because it is what’s best for women. The fact is, this bill would give extremist organizations -- whose sole mission is to stop abortion providers -- one more vehicle to go after doctors and tie up the court system, without the constraints of the established medical malpractice legal system in Florida.
Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years. And we intend to be here for the next 100, providing preventive and reproductive care, abortion services, education, and more for the people who need it most. But for our health centers to continue to provide care, we are called to fight back, arm in arm with supporters like you.
Get the facts on this dangerous bill:
- HB19/SB 1140 Fact Sheet
- About Claims of "Emotional Distress"
- Press Reactions to HB 19/SB 1140
- Orlando Sentinel Article by Dr. Cori Baill
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