A Silver Lining to an Ominous Stormcloud

Yesterday, Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) bill HB 277 was passed through the Florida House with a vote of 78-33. If this bill makes its way through the Florida Senate, Floridian women choosing to have a safe, legal abortion will endure a state-mandated 24 hour waiting period and graphic information about “fetal pain”. Gynecologists preforming abortions will be obligated to continued ethics trainings, ownership of abortion facilities, and continuous demographic reporting to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

The ACLU of Florida called the bill “the biggest government invasion into the personal, private decision about whether or not to become a parent that the Florida legislature has brought forth in recent memory.” The civil rights organization says it “seeks to regulate medical facilities which provide abortion care to Florida women out of existence and to intimidate and shame women with junk science about fetal development.”

Votes for HB 277 paralelled party lines, but one local Representative took special attention to the effects this bill would have for Collier County residents. Rep. Passidomo, R-Naples, bravely stood up for patient-doctor relations rights. Her vote represents a spire of hope for women’s, families’ and reproductive rights in an often unfriendly legislative district. Thank you for your bravery and hard work, Representative.

Please leave Representative Passidomo a voicemail message thanking her for such an important vote in support of women’s health:

Kathleen C. Passidomo Naples (239) 417-6200 (850) 488-4487

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