By establishing a statutory right to provide and receive abortions, WHPA would render state-based abortion restrictions like the 15-week abortion ban currently advancing in the Florida Legislature unlawful
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Today, despite the fact that 80% of Americans support safe, legal abortion, Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), legislation that would protect abortion rights in Florida and across the country. WHPA would establish a statutory right to provide and receive abortion services, prohibiting states from implementing out-of-touch and unconstitutional abortion bans and restrictions, such as the 15-week abortion ban currently advancing in the Florida Legislature.
Statement from Stephanie Fraim, President and CEO of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates:
“Everyone deserves access to safe, legal abortion free of political interference and unnecessary barriers. Unfortunately, Sens. Rubio and Scott have once again turned their backs on the health and rights of Floridians by opposing the Women’s Health Protection Act. Access to safe, legal abortion is supported by a majority of Floridians. Given the ongoing threats to abortion access in Florida and across the country, it’s unconscionable that they would put politics ahead of the needs of their constituents. Florida voters will not forget.”
Earlier this month, members of the Florida House of Representatives approved an abortion ban in the middle of the night, voting against the will of Floridians and the advice of medical experts. The ban will eliminate Floridians’ access to safe, legal abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Shortly before the vote, abortion rights advocates were removed from the gallery and detained by Capitol police. This escalation happened just weeks after Republican legislators ejected students testifying against the abortion ban from a committee hearing. The bill is now in the Florida Senate for final consideration this week.
Last year, in a historic vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act. Nearly one in four women will have an abortion in their lifetime. While passing WHPA would not grant all people equitable access to abortion and other essential health care overnight, it is an essential step to obtaining reproductive freedom.
The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates is the nonpartisan advocacy and political organization representing Florida’s two Planned Parenthood affiliates. The Alliance engages in educational and electoral activity, including legislative advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing to promote the Planned Parenthood mission.