Anna Eskamani organizes Orlando abortion rights rally Saturday, joining hundreds across country
Anna Eskamani promises to continue the fight for safe and legal access to abortion in Florida.

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Orlando activists will take to the streets Saturday to participate in the national day of action to advocate for abortion access.

The March for Abortion Access Orlando, organized by Rep. Anna Eskamani, is set to kick off with speakers at 11 a.m. The march is expected to begin at noon, starting outside Orlando City Hall, 400 S Orange Ave.

The rally is part of more than 600 events organized across the country in support of abortion rights as the Supreme Court preps to start oral arguments on a restrictive Texas abortion law.

At the start of September, Rep. Webster Barnaby, a Deltona Republican, filed legislation in the Florida House inspired by the Texas law that would ban abortions after a fetus develops a heartbeat. The bill (HB 167), like the Texas rule, circumvents abortion law precedent by putting the onus of enforcement on private individuals, not state law enforcement.

The legislation prompted outrage from the state’s leading Democratic leaderswho have vowed to stop the bill.

“Florida Republicans have awakened the state by their gross, anti-reproductive health agenda,” Eskamani said in a statement. “Today 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 Orlando rally will feature a range of speakers that will discuss how to take action by contacting state lawmakers, breaking abortion stigma and getting registered to vote.

Speakers include:

Shakhea Hinton, regional director of Florida Rising for Central Florida

Rebecca Desir, founder of Black Health Commission

Nikole Parker, director of Transgender Equality for Equality Florida

Ciné Julien, digital reproductive justice organizer for Florida Access Network

Alyx Carrasquel, intake coordinator at Florida Access Network

Thali Sugisawa, nonprofit professional and advocate

— Dr. Sara Shunkwiler, abortion provider at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


One comment

  • Glenn Reihing

    October 8, 2021 at 10:59 am

    I’m confused.

    You say it is this Saturday (10/08/21) yet the graphic in this article says that the rally is on 10/02/21 (lower right-hand corner).

    Which is it??

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