Busloads of activists from throughout the state will converge on the State Capitol Tuesday, February 4, vowing to occupy the building until the full Senate votes on the controversial forced parental consent for abortion bill. If it becomes law, SB 404 would endanger already vulnerable young Floridians, and could open the floodgates to further abortion restrictions by allowing the newly seated and conservative Florida Supreme Court to reinterpret the privacy clause in the state constitution to no longer protect access to abortion.
“Passing this legislation is the first step in a sinister plan to overturn Florida’s unique privacy protections that prevent politicians from interfering in decisions made between a patient and their doctor,” said Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “The future of abortion rights in Florida is at stake with this bill. This is Florida’s Roe v. Wade.”
Protesters plan to hold an action on Adams Street in front of Andrew’s Downtown restaurant and then occupy the Capitol’s fourth and fifth floor rotundas.
What: Rally in front of Andrew’s Downtown restaurant; occupation of the State Capitol by hundreds of abortion rights activists.
When: Tuesday February 4, 11AM-12PM action in front of Andrew’s Downtown restaurant; 3-7PM, occupation of Capitol building
Where: Andrew’s Downtown restaurant, 228 S. Adams St., State Capitol Building, 400 S. Monroe St. (4th and 5th floors)
Who: Reproductive rights supporters from all over the state, including representatives from the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, National Women’s Liberation Gainesville, Organize Florida, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Progress Florida, Women’ March Florida, Tallahassee Indivisible and the Generation Action chapters at Florida State and FAMU.
Why: To oppose SB 404, the forced parental consent for abortion bill.
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