Pro-abortion ballot initiative in Florida

A coalition of abortion rights advocates in Florida, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, are pushing a ballot measure that would impose late-term abortion onto the state’s constitution. The coalition 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 Florida Supreme Court has weighed in on whether the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment meets judicial muster. The April 1 decision stated it will allow a pro-abortion referendum to appear on the ballot in November, asserting a right to abortion that is essentially unlimited.

See the text of the decision here.

Priests for Life on ballot amendment: Measure is too extreme, does not reflect the will of the people

Florida voters will now have to 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 ballot summary text is:

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.

On Apirl 1, 2024, the Florida Supreme Court also upheld the law limiting abortion in Florida to 15 weeks. In doing so, the Court rejected Planned Parenthood’s assertion that the Florida Constitution guarantees a privacy right that includes abortion. Read the text of that decision here.

Additional Resources

Too Extreme for Florida

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

See more info on Ballotpedia.

Frank Pavone was at the Court as keynote speaker for a pro-life rally and press conference on the day of oral arguments, February 7.


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