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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Florida State Legislature Sends Harmful TRAP Legislation to Governor Scott’s Desk

Press Release
Washington

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Contact: RaeAnn Roca Pickett, RaeAnn@latinainstitute.org, (202)378-3526

MIAMI, Fla. —National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) Florida Latina Advocacy Network issued the following statement in response to the passage of HB1411 in Florida. The legislation would impose medically unnecessary regulations on Florida health clinics and abortion care, which would limit access to life-saving preventive care, cancer screenings, contraception, STI treatment and prevention for over 4.5 million Florida Latino/as. 

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH said, “Abortion and contraception access is essential to ensuring the health, dignity, and justice of all people, particularly for women of color, and this bill threatens that for thousands of Floridians. The legislation proposed by Florida lawmakers inhibits women’s ability to access contraception and exercise their rights to equal dignity by limiting access to abortion services. As we have seen with similar legislation passed in Texas and elsewhere, those whose coverage is in question are people of color who often struggle to make ends meet and get access to healthcare in the first place. Laws like the one before Governor Scott hurt women under the guise of keeping them safe, but in actuality they limit access to care and discriminate against communities who already face significant burdens in accessing healthcare, including reproductive healthcare.” 

“Just as with HB2 in Texas, this bill creates a healthcare crisis in Florida. Placing access to care outside of the grasp of rural communities, people with low-incomes and women of color is not only bad for business, but it’s also bad for the people of Florida. The Florida Latina Advocacy Network of NLIRH urges Governor Scott to stand with Florida Latino/as in their right to bodily autonomy and continuing to keep healthcare in the state of Florida safe and legal by vetoing HB1411,” said Gaby Garcia-Vera, Florida Latina Advocacy Network field coordinator.

For more information visit latinainstitute.org or visit us on Twitter @NLIRH and @FLLatinas. 
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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.