Statement on the House Civil Justice Subcommittee’s Vote on HB 19 from Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director, Laura Goodhue:
Contact: Damien Filer / [email protected]
For Immediate Release: Feb. 9, 2017 (Updated: Feb. 9, 2017, 2:44 p.m.)
“This bill is yet another attack on access to safe, legal abortion care. This dangerous bill is a blatant attempt to intimidate and shutter safe and law-abiding abortion providers.
“House Bill 19 attempts to intimidate physicians who perform legal abortions, a procedure with an incredibly high safety record, by increasing their exposure to frivolous lawsuits. It would significantly increase the risk physicians face in providing safe and legal abortion care.
“The real motivation behind this flawed bill is political, not because it is what’s best for women. The fact is, this bill would give extremist organizations -- whose sole mission is to stop abortion providers -- one more vehicle to go after doctors and tie up the court system, without the constraints of the established medical malpractice legal system in Florida.