Events part of “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests taking place nationwide
Florida abortion rights activists will hold “Bans Off Our Bodies” rallies in cities across Florida and around the country this weekend. The coordinated effort is in response to the leaked opinion which revealed that the Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade, going against nearly a half-century of precedent and despite broad opposition from the American people.
“This isn’t even the end goal for the anti-abortion movement. They’ve made no secret they want to pass a nationwide abortion ban that would block abortion access in every state in the country,” said Lauren Brenzel, Organizing Director, Planned Parenthood.
Most Americans oppose overturning Roe and are against restricting abortion access. A University of North Florida poll conducted after Florida’s 15-week abortion ban passed found that 60% of registered voters in Florida opposed it. A Washington Post-ABC poll finds that 75% of people say decisions on abortion should be left to the woman and her doctor, including 95% of Democrats, 81% of independents and 53% of Republicans.
“Planned Parenthood has been preparing for this and will always be here for patients who need care. Abortion is still legal in Florida and clinics and offices remain open,” said Laura Goodhue, Executive Director, Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.
Information on Florida cities holding “Bans Off Our Bodies” rallies can be found below. The protests in Florida will coincide with events around the country in cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
WHO: Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, allied organizations, and concerned Floridians.
WHAT: Bans Off Our Bodies rallies in support of abortion rights and in protest of the pending Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
WHEN: Saturday May 14, 2022
WHERE: Cities across Florida including:
Old Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St.
Duval Clerk of Courts, 501 W Adams St
Cora P. Roberson Park, 600 SW 6th St
Orlando City Hall, 400 S Orange Ave
Joe Chilura Courthouse, 600 E Kennedy Blvd
Planned Parenthood Sarasota Health Center, 736 Central Ave
Munn Park, 210 E Main Street
Lee County Clerk of Court, 2075 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
West Palm Beach
Meyer Ampitheater, 104 Datura St
More information on Bans Off Our Bodies rallies is here. A map of planned actions in Florida is here.