FLORIDA – The Florida National Organization for Women (NOW) expresses deep concern as HB 651 passes favorably out of the Civil Justice Committee, signaling a dangerous trajectory towards the potential criminalization of abortion in the state. This legislation poses a serious threat to reproductive rights and women’s health.
HB 651’s advancement in the legislative process is a cause for alarm, as it opens the door to unsettling possibilities. The language within the bill has been used in other states to criminalize abortion providers, patients seeking care, and individuals offering support. The specter of fetal personhood looms large, and Florida NOW urges residents to recognize the urgent need to protect reproductive freedom.
Florida NOW calls on all Floridians to take immediate action by contacting their lawmakers to voice opposition to this perilous and inhumane legislation. The potential consequences of HB 651 are far-reaching, affecting not only women’s rights but also privacy, autonomy, and access to essential healthcare services.
President Debbie Deland emphasizes, “This legislation poses a direct threat to the hard-fought rights of women and all individuals seeking reproductive health care. Florida NOW urges residents to make their voices heard by contacting their lawmakers and expressing their opposition to this dangerous and regressive measure.”
Florida NOW shares the following resource for individuals to contact their lawmakers:
Florida NOW stands steadfast in its commitment to defending reproductive rights, advocating for the autonomy of individuals, and opposing any legislation that undermines these fundamental principles.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Katrina Duesterhaus, Florida NOW Legislative Director
About Florida National Organization for Women (NOW):
Florida NOW is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women’s rights and equality. With a focus on reproductive justice, gender equality, and social justice, Florida NOW works tirelessly to protect and promote the rights of women in the state. For more information, visit www.flnow.org.