Texas was the blueprint and Florida legislators are following it to a t. Shortly after an extremely restrictive Texas law limiting abortions after six weeks, Florida lawmakers floated a similar proposal. Orlando activists are marching this Saturday to tell the state they won't have it.
The Abortion Access Rally will meet at Orlando's City Hall for a speaker program that includes representatives of Equality Florida, the Florida Access Network, the Black Health Commission and Planned Parenthood. The speakers will both share the importance of abortion access for all Floridians and educate listeners on ways that they can act now to prevent abortion bans.
“Florida Republicans have awakened the state by their gross, anti-reproductive health agenda,” said State Representative Anna V. Eskamani. “On Saturday we'll join thousands of others across the state to march against abortion bans and for reproductive justice. All people should be able to get reproductive healthcare that meets their needs throughout their lives and we’ll be making that message clear in the streets and in the Florida Legislature.”
The march comes shortly after Texas' six-week ban (i.e. before most women who are not actively trying to conceive would know they're pregnant) was allowed to become law. The Supreme Court is also expected to hear a challenge to Mississippi's restrictive abortion law that could pave the way for a wholesale upending of abortion rights in the United States.
Rallygoers can meet at City Hall starting at 11 a.m. on October 2. The march begins at noon. Attendees are encouraged to mask up.
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