Pro-abortion ballot initiative in Florida

A coalition of abortion rights advocates in Florida, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, is set to push a ballot measure that would impose late-term abortion onto the state’s constitution. The coalition has already filed necessary paperwork with the state and collected the required signatures distributed across the required number of Congressional districts by the February 1, 2024 deadline.

"The Secretary of State has determined that Floridians Protecting Freedom, Inc., has received the requisite number and distribution of valid signatures to obtain ballot position on Initiative Petition 23-07 for the 2024 General Election," Maria Matthews, Director of the Florida Division of Elections, stated on January 25.  

But the Florida Supreme Court must still weigh in on whether the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment meets judicial muster. The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments on February 7 and we should hear something on their decision by April 1. Frank Pavone was at the Court as keynote speaker for a pro-life rally and press conference.

If the measure does make it to the ballot, Florida voters will decide if abortion rights will be enshrined in the state's Constitution. Any ballot initiative in Florida must achieve 60% of the vote to effectively pass.

The exact text that the pro-aborts are attempting to place in the Florida State Constitution:

No law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s healthcare provider. This amendment does not change the Legislature’s constitutional authority to require notification to a parent or guardian before a minor has an abortion.

 

Additional Resources

Ashley Moody: Pro-abortion amendment ballot summary would ‘mislead voters’ (Florida's Voice News, October 6)

See more info on Ballotpedia.


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