Sept 9: Statewide “bans off our bodies” events to oppose threat of Texas-style abortion ban

September 8, 2021

CONTACT: Damien Filer 

Advocates planning statewide “bans off our bodies” events in opposition to threat of Texas-style abortion ban 

 TALLAHASSEE – Tomorrow, September 9, the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, along with reproductive rights advocates from across the state, will hold events in Gainesville, Spring Hill and Doral in opposition to what is being called the greatest threat to bodily autonomy and personal freedom in 50 years — a proposed Texas-style abortion ban and bounty hunter bill in Florida.

“Our message to Florida leaders is clear,” said Laura Goodhue, Executive Director for the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “If you try to ban abortion in Florida you’re in for a fight.” 

On September 9, 2021 there will be a series of events around the state featuring representatives from Planned Parenthood, Equality Florida, Women’s March Florida, Progress Florida, Florida Rising, Southern Birth Justice Network and Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice Florida:

  • 10 AM press conference at Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez’s office at 8401 Northwest 53rd Terrace Suite 107, Doral, FL 33166, speakers will include Dr. Samantha Deans and Sen. Annette Taddeo who will provide remarks in English and Spanish;
  • 10:00AM direct action and sign waving in front of the Sira fake clinic at 912 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32601; and
  • 11:00 AM petition delivery at Senate President Wilton Simpson’s office at 4076 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

This unconstitutional law in Texas, that Florida leaders are now looking to emulate, bans abortion at six weeks — before many people even know they’re pregnant — and it  means that many Texas patients simply won’t be able to get an abortion. Even more shocking, people who help or even intend to help someone get an abortion after six weeks in Texas could be sued by a neighbor, distant relative, abusive partner, or even a stranger from out of state — and collect $10,000 for each successful claim.

“I don’t think Florida politicians fully appreciate the intensity with which this will be opposed by Floridians from all walks of life,” said Goodhue. “The Texas ban turns neighbors into bounty hunters with cash incentives to report anyone who even intends to help someone have an abortion. That’s not health care. That’s not America. A majority of Floridians support Roe v. Wade and we will not tolerate this unconstitutional attack on our freedoms by politicians.”