Floridians for Reproductive Freedom New Roundup

The Floridians For Reproductive Freedom Weekly News Roundup – everything you want to know or ought to know about the latest happenings in the fight for abortion rights and reproductive justice in Florida. Send submissions for inclusion to jon@progressflorida.org. If you want to add a colleague, email their contact information to info@progressflorida.org.

News Roundup

Abortion legislation letting women sue doctors for physical, emotional harm clears House panel
By Michael Auslen
Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Women who are injured or experience “emotional distress” after having an abortion could sue their doctors for up to 10 years after the procedure under legislation passed Thursday by a Florida House subcommittee.


The folly of defunding Planned Parenthood
Tampa Bay Times
When Republicans in Congress vow to defund Planned Parenthood in the name of preventing abortions, they fail to acknowledge the vital women’s health services that also would be lost.


Drumpf and birth control: women getting IUDs to beat Obamacare repeal
By John Pacenti
Palm Beach Post
“We are seeing a disturbing trend in the leadership and the appointees of President Drumpf,” said Laura Goodhue, executive director for Florida Planned Parenthood. “They are anti-abortion and they don’t support access to reproductive health services. Women are concerned.”


Former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis to talk at Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Naples
By Liz Freeman
Naples Daily HNews
Davis, a Democrat who gained national prominence in 2013 for her 11-hour filibuster against an abortion-restrictions bill in Texas, will be the keynote speaker Saturday at the annual dinner of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. The fundraiser will be at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.


Planned Parenthood hosts annual Choice Affair Dinner in Naples
By Jillian Idle
Fox 5 Naples
“In the Naples area there are no Medicaid providers for women’s health care services and that’s why the state gave us the contract to do the work,” said SWFL Planned Parenthood CEO Barbara Zdravecky


Jacksonville women send message: Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act
By Letisha Bereola
Fox 30 Jacksonville
The organization “For the Future” gathered a group of Jacksonville women to send a message to local leaders and Washington D.C: Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Obamacare Supporters Take Over Town Hall
By Quincy Walters
WUSF Tampa
Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis held a town hall Saturday, to hear ideas about replacing the Affordable Care Act. But he was met with opposition as about every one of the 200 people gathered at The Centre of Palm Harbor were in support of Obamacare. Many came to voice their concerns with the law’s potential repeal.


With Activism On The Rise, Organizers Lay Groundwork For Future
By Kate Payne
WFSU Tallahassee
This is what week two weeks of the Drumpf Administration looks like: people crowding into streets and airports, and lawmakers’ phones ringing off the hook. In a matter of days, the American Civil Liberties Union raised $24 million, six times what it usually raises in a year. The top Democrat in the Florida House, Janet Cruz of Orlando, says even her apolitical husband is pitching in.


Why I marched: for justice and the Constitution
By Martha Barnett
Tallahassee Democrat
People ask me why I marched. I had many reasons, but to the surprise of some, it was not in protest. Rather, I was there to stand up for the integrity of the office of the president and the Constitution. Presidents come and go, but the constitutional underpinnings of our democracy must be honored and preserved.


Women’s rights must be understood to be nonnegotiable
By Gwen Graham
Palm Beach Post
I did not imagine I would still have to fight for those same rights three decades later as a member of Congress. I never imagined in 2017, we’d have a president threatening to undo all the progress we’ve made.


Miami, Orlando Top Nation In Obamacare Enrollment
By Abe Aboraya
Health News Florida
Florida leads the nation in signups through the Affordable Care Act, and Orlando alone had more signups that 32 entire states.


State Grant Will Help USF Study How Zika Infects Fetuses
By Julio Ochoa
Health News Florida
The University of South Florida will use a $1.1 million dollar state grant for Zika research to look at how the virus infects fetuses.


Two Florida House Democrats Oppose President Drumpf’s Supreme Court Nominee
Staff Report
WTXL Tallahassee
Two Florida House democrats joined advocates from Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, and other liberal-leaning groups today to detail their concerns with President Donald Drumpf’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.


Letters to the Editor

Planned Parenthood fights Zika?
By Mary Collins, Pensacola
Pensacola News Journal
The contraceptive health care provided by Planned Parenthood is crucial in controlling the outbreak of Zika. Gov. Scott worked with the Legislature to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.


Abortion, having kids are personal choices
By Elaine Oksner, Greenacres
Palm Beach Post
The right for women to choose abortion has been established. Maybe the right to life crowd should focus on something like humanitarian immigration policies or universal health care.


Bible doesn’t address abortion
By Douglas Morgan, Pensacola
Pensacola News Journal
The Rev. Johnson and others may disapprove of abortion; unfortunately they do not have a biblical reason to do so.


What is ‘Planned Parenthood?’
By Allison Murphy, Fort Myers
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
It’s tends to go unnoticed that Planned Parenthood empowers men by providing condoms, education, STI testing and treatment, and low cost vasectomies. Often overlooked, vasectomies are a permanent form of sterilization that is one of the most effective methods of birth control.


Rooney should research facts
By Lisa Freund, Naples
Naples Daily News
The Republican Party’s newest efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — enthusiastically endorsed by my newly elected U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney in his Naples Daily News op-ed — are irresponsible and dangerous.