Advocates to call out secret agenda and hate speech
of key backer on committee, Sen. Dennis Baxley
On Tuesday November 12, youth leaders, legislators and reproductive rights activists will hold a rally and march at The Capitol in opposition to Senate Bill 404 just before the bill is up for debate in the Senate Committee on Health Policy. They will also call out the secret agenda and hate speech of Sen. Dennis Baxley, a key backer of the bill who is on the committee.
Baxley, speaking at a Christian Family Coalition event in August, let slip that SB 404 is a Trojan horse designed to trigger a challenge to the privacy clause in Florida’s state constitution. This could result in a full scale attack on safe and legal abortion in Florida.
“Even in this climate of rampant hate speech coming from elected officials, Sen. Baxley stands out for his racist and anti-abortion rhetoric,” said Crishelle Bailey, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at Florida A&M University. “To rationalize his staunch anti-abortion stance he proudly parrots white supremacist ‘replacement theory’ that has been linked to recent hate crimes including mass murders from Texas to New Zealand.”
Who: Youth leaders from FSU and FAMU, legislators, reproductive rights activists
What: Rally and march against the “Trojan Horse” forced parental consent bill (SB 404)
When: November 12
9:30AM – rally starts with opening remarks, chants
9:50AM – march (chanting) to Senate Office Building
10:30-12:30 – Senate Committee on Health Policy
Where: The rally will take place behind the Florida Capitol (Supreme Court side near the dolphin statue), and will be followed by a march to the Senate Office Building. Note: The Senate Health Policy committee meeting is in 412 of the Knott Building.
Note: We will have speakers available for comment after the committee vote.