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The Florida Constitution Revision Commission

We Did It, We Won!

Florida’s state constitution includes an explicit privacy clause that has served for decades as the first line of defense against attacks on our right to safe and legal abortion. Repeatedly, courts in Florida have struck down attempts by politicians to undermine a woman’s right to control her body by citing this critically important clause.

Anti-abortion activists launched an all-out assault on our right to privacy by trying to get the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to take away these privacy protections so they could take away our reproductive rights. Today we stopped them!

In recent years, government leaders in Florida have done everything in their power to take away our reproductive rights. However, as evidenced today, these attacks have fueled an unprecedented mobilization of people, with women truly leading the charge.

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In coalition with partnered organizations across the state, we met, called, emailed and sent petitions to the legislature and Constitution Revision Commission to advocate for our rights to control our own bodies. Because of this powerful movement, today we stopped an effort to undermine all the progress we’ve made. And we were able to do it because of you!

In 2017, we started marching – tens of thousands strong – in cities across Florida, the nation and the globe, giving voice to the concerns of women and families. In 2018, we fight on.

Thank you for making your voice heard about the need to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion, including the critical importance of maintaining the state constitution’s privacy clause.

For reproductive health and justice,

 

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We owe a debt of gratitude to the thousands of Floridians who raised their voices in opposition to Proposal 22 and became a critical part of our government of, by and for the people. But, there will be plenty more fights and we need you with us!

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What is the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC)?

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.

What was at stake for Reproductive Rights?

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.