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In today’s Quickie: Ohioans United For Reproductive Rights launches a TV ad in support of Issue 1, Florida allows law banning gender-affirming care for adults, and Chris Christie gets called out for anti-abortion misinformation.
IT’S “PERSONAL” — OHIOANS UNITED FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS LAUNCHES FIRST TV AD: Earlier this week, Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights launched its first television ad in support of Issue 1, the Reproductive Freedom Amendment that will head to voters on November 7. “Personal” reminds voters that the amendment will permanently stop Ohio’s abortion ban — currently blocked by the courts — and put reproductive health decisions back in the hands of patients and their families.
“When we face personal medical decisions, we depend on our doctors, our faith, our family,” the ad states. “And the last thing we want is government making those decisions for us. That’s why voting Yes on 1 is so important.”
FLORIDA COURT ALLOWS GENDER-AFFIRMING CARE RESTRICTIONS TO CONTINUE: On Tuesday, a federal judge allowed Florida’s law restricting gender-affirming care for adults to remain in effect while litigation continues. The same judge ruled in June that provisions of the law blocking care for minors could not be enforced.
The lawsuit, brought by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Southern Legal Counsel and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on behalf of several adult and youth plaintiffs, will move to trial in November. In a statement, attorneys said, “All of us who believe in fairness, science, and freedom must also keep fighting on every level to ensure people in Florida and across the country can live their lives free from draconian and unlawful attacks on their health and wellbeing.”
Under the Florida law, adults seeking gender-affirming care must produce documentation of their mental health before receiving care — a barrier that is unsupported by clinicians — and sign a biased, inaccurate informed consent form produced by the state. The law also limits the availability of gender-affirming care by barring advanced practice clinicians from providing it and banning the use of telehealth for these health services. Patients and advocates have said repeatedly that these requirements are creating a crisis of care for transgender and gender-nonconforming Floridians.
Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.
CALLING THEM OUT: Yesterday, as the Huffington Post reports, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called out GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie for his unsubstantiated anti-abortion rhetoric. Christie tried to use an old tactic from abortion opponents’ tired playbook: Spread lies and disinformation about abortion later in pregnancy to scare people and stigmatize reproductive health care. But Brzenzinski wasn’t having it, saying “You can come back and bring me the evidence…” This is just the latest example of Republican presidential candidates saying anything and everything to mislead voters and push their anti-abortion agenda.
Watch the full exchange Morning Joe exchange on the Huffington Post.