“SB 444 is a crisis for women’s reproductive health.” says Pamela Goodman, President of LWVFL, and concurs with Planned Parenthood statement:
A dangerous bill will soon be at its last stop, the Senate floor, before heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Senate Bill 444 would make permanent a program that funds so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), fake clinics often run by organizations opposed to abortion – not medical professionals. CPCs have been known to use medically inaccurate or incomplete information and intimidation tactics to dissuade women from obtaining abortions.
CPCs have even withheld essential, often life-saving, reproductive health information from women who are tricked into thinking they are visiting an objective medical facility.
When a woman has decided to seek birth control or discuss her reproductive health options, she deserves to be able to access that care from a qualified medical provider without being tricked, judged, or shamed. But these fake clinics too often judge, shame, and intentionally try to trick women out of getting the care they are seeking.
What’s worse, although Crisis Pregnancy Centers oppose abortion and contraception and therefore will not provide comprehensive counseling or referrals, their advertising and outward appearances are frequently calculated to deceive women into believing they will be able to access a full range of reproductive health care services.
Our tax dollars should not be spent misleading women and endangering their health.
Chair: Senator Rob Bradley (R): (850) 487-5005
Vice Chair: Senator Anitere Flores (R): (850) 487-5039
Sen. Dennis Baxley (R) : (850) 487-5012
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R): (850) 487-5027
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R): (850) 487-5024
Sen. George B. Gainer (R): (850) 487-5002
Sen. Bill Galvano (R): (850) 487-5021
Sen. Denise Grimsley (R): (850) 487-5026
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R): (850) 487-5028
Sen. David Simmons (R): (850) 487-5009
Sen. Wilton Simpson (R): (850) 487-5010
Sen. Kelli Stargel (R): (850) 487-5022
Sen. Lauren Book (D): (850) 487-5032
Sen. Randolph Bracy (D): (850) 487-5011
Sen. Oscar Braynon II (D): (850) 487-5035
Sen. Audrey Gibson (D): (850) 487-5006
Sen. Bill Montford (D): (850) 487-5003
Sen. Bobby Powell (D): (850) 487-5030
Sen. Linda Stewart (D): (850) 487-5013