It is imperative that those who believe in reproductive rights reach out to Senators now to advocate against passage of SB 444 — the bill that legitimizes Crisis Pregnancy Centers posing as fake clinics to keep women from accessing abortion care.
The CPC bill will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee this Thursday, January 18 at 4 PM. This is the bill’s last stop before heading to the Senate floor for a vote! Its companion bill has already passed in the House.
Before Thursday, please call as many of the members as possible, starting from the top of the list. Their offices must be flooded with your calls, whether answered by staff or voicemail.
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
Suggested message: “Please vote no on SB 444. This bill legitimizes entities pretending to be medical providers for women with unintended pregnancies. In reality, they do not provide medically accurate information, they delay care, and they risk women’s health.”
Additional information below:
Senate Bill 444 would make permanent a program that funds so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), most 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 intentionally withhold essential, sometimes life-saving, reproductive health information from women who are tricked into thinking they are visiting an objective medical facility. There are more than 120 such entities in Florida. We are not questioning their right to exist, but we oppose CPCs receiving state funding or state credentialing. For more information on CPCs, view this 18-minute exposé by Vice News.
The League of Women Voter’s position that “public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices” upholds the idea that when a woman has decided to seek birth control or discuss her reproductive health options, she deserves to access that care from a qualified medical provider, without judgment, shame, or trickery. Too often, these fake clinics judge, shame, and intentionally try to trick women out of getting the care they are seeking.
What’s worse, although CPCs 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. With your help, we stopped a similar bill last legislative session, but your voice is needed now more than ever.
The League of Women Voters will keep defending Floridian women’s access to medically accurate information, as well as access to the full range of reproductive health care services.
Interested in getting more involved with reproductive rights?
Join the Florida League’s statewide Reproductive Health & Justice Action Team. Complete this form to be added to our email group and to receive dial in instructions for our monthly conference calls.