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FL Attorney General Ashley Moody is attempting to block abortion amendment

FDP Chair Nikki Fried calls Moody’s argument “purposefully dishonest” and “an unserious attempt to seek attention”.  Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit government interference with abortion access. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement: “The Florida GOP continues to undermine

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Call to Action

Help pass amendment to ease abortion restrictions

The conditions surrounding human pregnancy are complex. But one condition prevails: the decision to give birth has serious lifetime consequences to the woman. Therefore, the woman’s reproductive decisions should be entrusted only to her in consultation with a trusted medical advisor of her choice. The role of government should be to protect the privacy of

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Health Care

Maybe Florida should restrict sale of Viagra

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on May 20, 2023. Who controls women’s reproductive decisions? Seventy of Florida’s legislators and Governor DeSantis have decided that the Florida Legislature should control the reproductive decisions of all women in the state of Florida. It appears that our legislators will not be

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Opinion

Do Democrats want “abortion on demand” even late in pregnancy?

By Bea Dixon, PhD, Democratic Political Activist, Feb 16, 2023. Republicans and pro-life activists repeatedly claim that Democrats support “abortions on demand” even late in pregnancy. For example: Senator Rubio from Florida tweeted on Sep 6, 2022: “Val Demings supports abortion up until the moment of birth.”1 Senate nominee Blake Masters from Arizona wrote on

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Health Care

Harris to push abortion fight in Florida

Please join our Women’s March: Bigger than Roe, on Sunday, January 22nd  from 2 to 4 pm at Live Oak Point, 5100 Tamiami Trail  in Port Charlotte by the Peace River Bridge.  No walking is required — we will gather in the park and stand on the bridge with signs.  Please register HERE  to let

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Gun Violence

DeSantis backs more abortion restrictions, looser gun law

By SKYLER SWISHER, ORLANDO SENTINEL, Dec 16, 2022. ORLANDO — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis weighed in on abortion and guns Thursday, signaling he’s ready to sign legislation on those hot-button issues next year but offering no firm details. DeSantis said he would sign more anti-abortion legislation when asked if he supported a “heartbeat bill” that

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Analysis

Floridians would face a dangerous future under a second DeSantis term

Ron DeSantis will pursue a complete abortion ban in Florida during his second term. It’s why he has steadfastly refused to answer questions about his efforts to eliminate reproductive freedoms. Headlines from states where restrictive abortion bans have already gone into effect shed light on the dangerous future that women and healthcare providers would be subject

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Opinion

The MAGA GOP has never been about ‘life.’ Only power.

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, October 6, 2022. The cat’s been out of the bag for some time regarding Republicans’ insincere support for “life.” If “life” were the issue when it comes to abortion, the party would not put reproductive health and lives at risk with forced-birth laws. For that matter, a pro-life politician would

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Opinion

Women are so fired up to vote, I’ve never seen anything like it

By Tom Bonier, The New York Times, Sept 3, 2022. Mr. Bonier is a Democratic political strategist and the C.E.O. of TargetSmart, a data and polling firm. I’ve watched Americans in recent years acclimate to some very grim realities. Especially since the ascension of Donald Trump, numerous tragedies and extreme policies have been met with little

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Candidate Profile

Marco Rubio admits his anti-abortion stance is too extreme for Florida 

Editor’s note: Elect Val Demings to be our US Senator on November 8th to represent YOU! After telling Floridians that he supports abortion bans beginning “at the moment of conception” without exceptions for rape and incest, Marco Rubio admitted in a new interview that he knows his position is too extreme for Florida. When asked by NBC6 whether

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Opinion

Florida will hear women voters roar in November

By Laura Luckert, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sept 4, 2022. “I am woman, hear me roar,” belted out Helen Reddy in her 1972 ballad “I Am Woman.” It was a song that became a rallying cry for the women’s movement during the 1970s, and its lyrics certainly came to mind last month when voters in Kansas  – yes,

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Marco Rubio says unborn child’s rights should prevail over mother’s rights

Editor’s note:  Protect women’s reproductive health services and  family privacy. Elect Val Demings as our US Senator on November 8th. Marco Rubio once again doubled down on his support for extremist abortion bans during a recent campaign event. After telling Floridians earlier this week that he favors abortion bans with no exceptions for rape and incest and even supports

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Abortion isn’t a dirty word in Florida, but DeSantis and the GOP act like it is

Editor’s note:  Protect women’s reproductive health services and  family privacy. Elect Charlie Crist as our governor on November 8th. By Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post contributing columnist, September 1, 2022. Abortion is not a dirty word in Florida. Most voters in the state support abortion rights. Florida has one of the highest abortion rates in the country. And clinics here serve

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Women's Rights

Run for the Hills: Ron DeSantis’ strategy on abortion

Last week, Ron DeSantis showcased his strategy of dodging every question on reproductive freedom despite vowing to “expand pro-life protections,” no matter how scared he looks in the process. When asked if he supports a complete abortion ban, DeSantis, who has also said he “look[s] forward” to further abortion restrictions and will “work with the legislature” to pass them,

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Health Care

Gov. DeSantis is coming for your freedom

The following OpEd was published in the Daily Sun on August 26, 2022. By Teresa Jenkins Since 1971, August 26 has been recognized as Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate a woman’s right to vote — when women emerged from their status as second-class citizens. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, is tirelessly working to shove

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DeSantis suspends Democratic state attorney he accuses of being “woke,” not enforcing laws

By Zac Anderson, USA Today Network-Florida, Aug 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren, the chief prosecutor for the 13th Judicial Circuit covering Hillsborough County, after calling him “woke” and accusing him of refusing to properly enforce certain laws. The governor cited positions Warren has taken on abortion laws, gender confirmation surgery and other issues.

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‘Women should have a choice’

Punta Gorda rally highlights reversals for women By Craig Garrett, Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 2, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — Downtown weekends are mostly hushed, blocked streets for a farmers market, visitors sipping hot coffee or a cool beer.  But this Saturday was different, as hundreds of people protesting recent limits on reproductive rights arrived

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Opinion

The radical reign of Clarence Thomas

By Maureen Dowd, New York Times Opinion Columnist, June 25, 2022. WASHINGTON — “What is happening here?” a distraught Nancy Pelosi asked on Friday. It’s a good question and I can answer it, because I was there at the start of the corrosive chain of events that led to women losing control of their own bodies.

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Celebrations and condemnations on the Supreme Court decision

By Sue Erwin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 24, 2022. Local and state officials reacted to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision ending Roe v. Wade with celebrations and condemnations. Charlotte County Democratic Club President Teresa Jenkins said reproductive rights are essential freedoms. “Yet, I am certain that Florida Republicans will outright ban all abortion

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