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The Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Public Hearings

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.

But now anti-abortion activists have launched an all-out assault on our right to privacy by trying to get the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to weaken or eliminate the privacy clause. Their obvious goal is to take away women’s reproductive rights – we can’t let that happen!

Take action to protect our privacy. Attend one of the public hearings below.

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Public Hearings

Northwest Florida Public Hearing

Pensacola

Tuesday, February 27th

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Southwest Florida Public Hearing

Cape Coral

Tuesday, March 5th

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Tampa Bay Area Public Hearing

Saint Petersburg

Tuesday, March 13th

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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’s 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 will make it a priority to convince the Constitution Revision Commission to place one or more proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot that would eliminate or weaken the privacy protections in our Constitution.

How can I get involved?

In the months ahead, the Commission will be hosting public hearings to get input from Floridians on what revisions to refer to the ballot. It is critical for us to have a strong presence at these meetings so we can ensure the Commission knows how important we consider protecting our right to privacy. Below are a few ways you can keep in touch and and get involved online or when the CRC comes to your community.