From the Inbox: Birth control…illegal in Florida?

The assault on women and their health care decisions is about to reach new heights in Florida. Extreme right wing activists are attempting to put a constitutional amendment on Florida’s 2012 ballot that would give a fertilized egg the legal rights of a living person1.

We’re fighting back – starting right now. Sign our letter to Florida Gov.-Elect Rick Scott, demanding to know whether or not he supports this extreme amendment.

Such a radical amendment would unleash a Pandora’s Box of cruel and unnecessary consequences for all of Florida’s families. It would outlaw all abortions, even in the horrific cases of rape and incest. It could also outlaw commonly used forms of birth control, including The Pill and emergency contraception. It could prohibit women from seeking medical care if the treatment might endanger a fertilized egg. The overly broad and misleading language of such an amendment would be an open invitation to lawyers, politicians, and the courts to interfere with decisions that should be made between a woman, her family, and her doctor.

Where does Gov.-Elect Rick Scott stand on this issue of vital importance to Florida’s families? Sign our letter to Gov.-Elect Rick Scott, demanding to know whether or not he supports this extreme amendment.

Just how crazy and extreme is this proposed amendment? The Eagle Forum, led by conservative anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly called the idea a “disaster.” Florida’s Catholic Bishops have also banned outright the collection of petitions for this amendment at their churches.2

But that won’t stop these radical anti-women activists. This kind of amendment has been put on multiple state ballots before, it’s already on Mississippi’s ballot next year, and it could be on ours in 2012.

Sign our letter to Gov.-Elect Rick Scott, demanding to know whether or not he supports this extreme amendment.

Together, we’re going to put a stop to this extreme assault on Florida’s families. Thank you for all you’re doing to protect women’s reproductive health care.

For progress,
Mark, Julie, and the Progress Florida team

1http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initdetail.asp?account=50722&seqnum=1

2http://www.ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Florida_Personhood_Amendment_(2010)#Opposition

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