The Constitution Revision Commission is a group of 37 members who carefully review and propose changes to Florida’s Constitution. The Commission meets for approximately one year, traveling the State of Florida, identifying issues, performing research, and possibly recommending changes to the Constitution. Any amendments proposed by the Commission would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. Any amendments placed on the ballot by the Commission would have to secure 60 percent approval by voters to be added to the Constitution.
Florida is one of only five states with an explicit privacy provision in its’ constitution, which guarantees each person the right “to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life.” The Florida Supreme Court has consistently ruled that Article 1, Section 23 of the Florida Constitution extends to protecting a woman’s right to access abortion care. Repeated attempts by the Florida Legislature to restrict access to abortion care, such as mandatory delays, targeted regulations on abortion providers or abortion stigmatizing laws have been deemed unconstitutional by the courts because they would be violating the privacy clause of the Florida Constitution.
For this reason, anti-abortion opponents made it a priority to convince the Constitution Revision Commission to place a proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot that would eliminate or weaken the privacy protections in our Constitution. But thanks to the flood of public calls, e-mails, testimony and civic engagement throughout Florida sent the message loud and clear that we won’t have privacy protections that protect our right to have an abortion taken away in the service of a fringe political agenda.