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.
“Florida Republicans have awakened the state by their gross, anti-reproductive health agenda,” Eskamani said in a statement. “Toda
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.
— 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