Oppose HB 651/SB 476: “Abuser Empowerment Act”

Oppose HB 651/SB 476

Senate Bill 476 (a.k.a. House Bill 651) would target abortion providers, abortion-seeking patients, and people who help them by allowing lawsuits for “wrongful death” of an “unborn child”.  

The authors of the bill, Senator Erin Grall and Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka, have copied this proposed new law from laws passed in abortion hostile states. Senator Grall and Rep. Persons-Mulicka were the author’s of last year’s six-week abortion ban.

Disturbingly, SB 476 opens the door for those seeking abortion care to harassment from their partners or ex-partners via lawsuits seeking damages – a particularly damaging impact on survivors of domestic violence. That’s why the Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition has dubbed this bill the “Abuser Empowerment Act.”

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has effectively halted other dangerous culture war bills this session. We call on her to help stop political interference in our personal medical decisions by putting an end to SB 476. Call Senate President Passidomo’s office now at 850-487-5028.

This bill is in its final committee stop in the Senate, likely to soon appear on the agenda of the Senate Rules Committee.  Please contact all the members of Senate Rules now to encourage them to oppose SB 476. Their contact info is at the end of this message.

Or, reach them all quickly through Progress Florida’s action portal.

Phone script or email template to use when communicating with legislators (You’re encouraged to add your personal stories & values): 

Hi Senator (___),

My name is __________ and I’m a (parent/activist/student/community member/constituent) asking you to vote NO on SB 476 when it is considered by your committee.

The vague language of these bills will lead to extreme government overreach and political interference where it doesn’t belong, in the private health care decisions of Floridians. 

In other states, similar legislation has been used to target abortion providers or to penalize those who help others access reproductive care. These decisions are personal and this bill could be weaponized against patients and survivors of domestic abuse. 

Again, please vote NO on  SB 476 to ensure experiences around pregnancy, abortion, and miscarriage stay between a pregnant person and who they choose to involve. 

Senate Rules Committee Members

Senator Baxley Dennis baxley.dennis.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5013
Senator Book Lauren book.lauren.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5035
Senator Boyd Jim boyd.jim.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5020
Senator Brodeur Jason brodeur.jason.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5010
Senator Broxson Doug broxson.doug.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5001
Senator Burgess Danny burgess.danny.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5023
Senator Burton Colleen burton.colleen.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5012
Senator DiCeglie Nick diceglie.nick.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5018
Senator Garcia Ileana garcia.ileana.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5036
Senator Hooper Ed hooper.ed.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5021
Senator Hutson Travis hutson.travis.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5007
Senator Jones Shevrin jones.shevrin.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5034
Senator Mayfield Debbie mayfield.debbie.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5019
Senator Osgood Rosalind osgood.rosalind.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5032
Senator Perry Keith perry.keith.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5009
Senator Rodriguez Ana Maria rodriguez.anamaria.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5040
Senator Rouson Darryl rouson.darryl.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5016
Senator Simon Corey simon.corey.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5003
Senator Torres Victor torres.victor.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5025
Senator Yarborough Clay yarborough.clay.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5004