“A woman’s ability to access abortion must be a right not just in theory, but in reality,” says Executive Director Laura Goodhue
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – In response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions on Monday, the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates today is calling for a repeal of HB 1411, the law threatening women’s access to safe and legal abortion.
Statement from Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates:
“The U.S. Supreme Court made clear that politicians cannot pass laws to block access to safe and legal abortion. This is a step in the right direction, yet far too many women still cannot access abortion in Florida and across the country. A woman’s ability to access abortion must be a right not just in theory, but in reality.
“Today, in addition to challenging provisions of HB 1411 in federal court we’re calling on Florida lawmakers to repeal the law in its entirety when they return for the 2017 legislative session. Every woman should be able to make her own decisions about her reproductive health care, and politicians should not be able to take that right away.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling to protect access to safe, legal abortion by blocking two unconstitutional Texas restrictions that threatened to decimate access to safe, legal abortion. As the Court recognized, “neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes.”
Nationwide, state lawmakers have passed more than 316 restrictions on abortion since 2011, and have introduced 442 in the first six months of 2016 alone. A PerryUndem poll commissioned by Vox found that the majority of Americans oppose restrictions meant to shutter health centers or make it more difficult for women to access abortion, and that 70 percent of Americans don’t want to overturn Roe vs. Wade.