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Third week of session brings third round of anti-GOP protests

by John Kennedy | March 17th, 2014

Sara Hutchinson of Catholics for Choice and Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, at Monday's rally.

The opening of the third week of the legislative session brought its third wave of protests Monday, this time featuring organizations attacking what speakers call a continuing attack on women’s health issues by the state’s Republican leaders.

Led by Planned Parenthood and Catholics for Choice, about 50 demonstrators crowded the Capitol Rotunda to condemn the Legislature’s failure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and also for advancing a half-dozen bills which they say undermine abortion rights in Florida.

The abortion bills, which include an outright ban and other measures aimed at raising the standard for fetal viability, have been around for a few years in Florida. Republican leaders have not made the legislation a priority, and it seems unlikely they will become a flashpoint this session.

But the bills remain a rallying point for Democrats looking to ignite voters this fall.

Monday’s rally followed similar events by organized by the NAACP of Florida and other groups the first two weeks of the session, which attacked Republican policies in general and specifically called for repeal of the state’s stand your ground self-defense law.

“We keep seeing the same bills filed and we keep seeing the same bills move,” said Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, among those speaking at Monday’s rally. “The public outside this building is not aware of where Republicans stand when it comes to women’s health care. I think they need a wake-up call.

“We have one more election this year where people might finally get that wake-up call,” he added.


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11 Responses to “Third week of session brings third round of anti-GOP protests”

  1. Repubtallygirl Says:


  2. Planned Parent-Gangstas Says:

    So, is Planned Parenthood saying “men’s health doesn’t matter”? How about “everyone’s health matters” – including unborn children!!

  3. J Says:

    What issues?

    Fabrication of bull by Dems to distract from the DEMDISASTERS they create.

  4. npgator Says:

    The NAACP forgets to mention that Planned Parenthood has in inordinate amount of clinics closest to highly black populated areas trying to slow the rate of black child births.

  5. Repubtallygirl Says:

    Data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals that black women had more abortions than live births in 2012. While the city’s abortion rate has declined to the lowest since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, it remains well above the national average.

    In a report titled “Summary of Vital Statistics 2012, The City of New York,” black women not only had the highest rate of abortions but they also topped the chart with the highest number of pregnancies and miscarriages as well, surpassing all other racial groups.
    Whereas black women delivered 24,758 live births, Hispanic women produced over 10,000 more. White women in New York City, on the other hand, gave birth to the highest number of live babies at 39,112.
    As far as pregnancy terminations, black children who were aborted comprised 42.4 percent of the total number of abortions in New York City. In 2012, out of 73,815 abortions in the city, 31,328 black babies were aborted.

  6. DNC & ACA? BAD Says:

    As an Independent, permit me to put in my two cents: the anti GOP protestors are going to realize that November 2014 will be a humongous anti DNC protest.

  7. Really Says:

    I see a lot of women (or men wishing they were women) posting on this article. If the GOP had their way you would not even be allowed vote. The republicans have marginalized women for years. I cannot use the word here because the post will be deleted, but you are the house N_______ of the Republican party. You think Rick Scott cares about your issues? He is their to make money for him and his friends. Now get in line and do what you are told.

  8. 1st and goal Says:

    @Really: you are bitter towards men and your post marginalizes yourself.
    Grow up.

  9. lulu Says:

    I so wish the GOP haters would actually educate themselves and not buy into all the baloney they are fed on a daily basis. People do your own research to find out what is really going on. You have to look because main stream media is not providing you all you need to know…JUST WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW. Makes fools of all of us by denying information. None of us can make informed decisions without ALL information. In the end we all suffer because of that. No matter what political belief any of us have we should be demanding that all news be told.

  10. Yvonne M. Says:

    Funny how liberal and prejudice this paper is with their anti-Catholic rhetoric and anti-life propaganda. First, you are not a Catholic in good standing if you are pro-abortion. The law of God and the church does not change for man and this is why politicians are refused Communion by Catholic Bishops, when their voting record is pro-abortion. Second, planned parenthood is nothing more than abortion mills. Women’s health is more than killing an unborn baby. Thirdly, funny how abortionist women argue it is their body and they can do what they want with it, but when they killed their own baby through abortion their baby who is clearly viable at 13 weeks has no right to their body. Lastly, all who argue for abortion have already been born and that always perplexed me.

  11. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Bottom line is Liberalism and Socialism suck. You people would fall flat on your face if you had your own country. Please don’t drag the rest of us with you! Long live Capitalism!

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