Planned Parenthood’s Barbara Zdravecky endorses Charlie Crist
Barbara Zdravecky as the organization’s new interim CEO

'His record is clear.'

One of Florida’s most prominent abortion rights advocates just made her choice for Governor. Barbara Zdravecky, former Planned Parenthood CEO for Southwest and Central Florida, endorsed U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist for the post.

“Charlie Crist has been a long-standing fighter for women’s reproductive freedoms across Florida,” Zdravecky said.

“His record is clear: As Congressman, he has stood with Planned Parenthood and the rights of Florida’s women 100 percent, and as Governor he will continue to do the same. Charlie is who we need in Tallahassee to firmly defend and protect a woman’s freedom to decide from Republican attacks. He has my full support and endorsement to be Florida’s next Governor.”

That’s an important endorsement considering Crist has come under fire from Democratic opponent Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for his statements on abortion years ago. That included unearthing a robocall when Crist was still a Republican running for Governor in 2006 and he described himself as “pro-life.”

But Crist more recently has made support for abortion access a key part of messaging in his campaign for Governor as a Democrat.

Now, he’s embraced support from Zdravecky.

“I’m incredibly humbled to receive the support of a good friend and life-long champion for women’s reproductive health, Barbara Zdravecky,” Crist said. “Few have done more than Barbara to fight for Florida’s women. Her support is a reflection of our campaign’s promise to build a Florida that works for all Floridians, to protect women’s freedoms every single day.”

Zdravecky led the Planned Parenthood chapter for 24 years, during which time the organization began offering abortions at its Sarasota clinic for the first time, in 1998. She also led the merger between the Southwest and Central Florida chapters.

The organization today provides other access to affordable, high-quality reproductive care. The Planned Parenthood branch serves 39,000 patients across 61,000 appointments each year.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Claude Kirk the younger

    May 19, 2022 at 5:59 am

    Cluade’s real clear political break down:

    She thinks that politics most flip flopping of all the flip flops record is clear!
    Womb scraper endorsed filp who has yet to stick his finger up in the air to test the political winds for an upcoming flop.
    Given Charlie’s flip flop history the real odds that Crist will deliver what the womb scrapers want is a solid 50%, a coin toss, a…wait for it…a flip flop. However given the strong conservative under current which will guide the midterms and beyond ‘Ole Flip Flop is the best option the womb scrapers have.

    You are welcome Florida!

  • Edward Lyle

    May 19, 2022 at 8:07 am

    So… Chuck supports killing innocent babies

    … thanks for the heads-up

  • Tom

    May 19, 2022 at 8:23 am

    63 million abortions later chameleon crispy in usa since roe v wade, 73.
    But the flip flopper chameleon says he’s for life.
    Dem dum Manchurians under Schumer voted for abortion until birth! Extremists Dems.
    DeSantis America’s Gov will run this up the nose of chameleon or fraud.
    People don’t like flip floppers crispy, specially on life. You are going to get toasted! Enjoy

  • Richard Bruce

    May 19, 2022 at 8:35 am

    If I was Crist, I’ll ask for the full contribution upfront and soon. Planned Parenthood will be losing their main source of revenue and influence in amount a month. Cash their check before it bounces.

  • NFL Conservative

    May 19, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Go luck Charles.

    Here is a video of a crazy Dem pro-abortion woman at a judiciary hearing in Congress. She said men can have babies “yes”watch her insane answer here:

    This is the party Crist represents, completely irrational, immoral along with Biden’s anti American agenda which is:

    -Southern Border invasion of illegals bringing in drugs, human trafficking, covid and using hard working tax payer $ to fund their expenses and breaking the law.

    Biden’s climate change altar… sacrificing American energy bringing us the highest gas prices ever seen in FL.

    Inflation worse than Jimmy Carter.

    This is why Crist is going down in flames 🔥 to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Nikki Fried to Wilton Simpson. And Pelosi and Schumer will rightly lose their leadership.

    Republicans need to replace McConnell and McCarthy because they do not have the intestinal fortitude to lead.

  • NFL Conservative

    May 19, 2022 at 11:17 am

    So Jacob where is my post?

    Why do conservatives always have their posts “awaiting moderation.”

    Because it doesn’t fit the FL Politics narrative?

    Is the First Amendment a violation of your blog standards?

    Still waiting.

    • JD

      May 19, 2022 at 11:42 am

      What makes everyone think online forums or social media are town squares? FLPO is a publisher and has duty to moderate and edit comments – in fact I’m not sure if Section 230 would even indemnify FLPO with some of the tripe and vileness that goes on here. Hell, I bet there could be a liable case to FLPO for bullying from some of the comments if it was proven to student (that anti-bullying laws apply to college students). How does the first amendment apply to users of private media companies? Not the owners, but the users or patrons? It doesn’t. It protects against censorship of the government to individuals.

      • NFL Conservative

        May 19, 2022 at 12:15 pm

        “Moderate” opposing opinions?


        This “Blog” is an opinion format so let’s say it violates “the spirit of the First Amendment.”

        But you’re right, I forgot this is a totalitarian lefty “Private” blog.

  • Tom

    May 19, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Ha J D master Manchurian, old timer.
    Biden’s crack pot disinformation specialist, the jankowski moron got dumped. What a awful idea to pursue. J D your dissertation appears to suggest that you want censorship? Are you a Obummer acolyte now, his speech in Stanford last month was appalling. This from a master demagoguery chief. Musk rat love is finding out how corrupt, fake and BOT driven Twitter is for Dums.
    So you apparently support the Repub conservative view that these fake newsies section needs to be amended.
    As for FP, peter s says today in morning burn he was at a political consultants forum. Why I have no clue. Whatever.
    My whole premonition has been to draw FP back to the middle, ftom the Manchurians like Alex, Peter h, Frankie, TJD, Sonja, wanda, rass, Palmer, ocean Joe and others.
    I hope you don’t find this offensive JD.
    I always welcome you. As for the the topic above, chameleon is a flip flopper who will be spat out. Repub. and Repub. leaning independents can’t wait to vote him down again.
    Really pathetic.

    • JD

      May 19, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      Tom, after time here, there’s not much left I find to offend me.

      i’ve been on the internet for a long time (before the even the web) and watched is gyrations about free speech when the web was nacisent. Moderators have been part of it since the beginning.

      People want to compare it to a “town square”, especially on social media. It’s not. We’re all technically guests in the media company’s house. They pay for the hosting, the domain registration, the engineering, etc.

      So please don’t misconstrue my words about free speech. I think that is a protected right. However it is a protected right from the government against individual citizens – not private companies on their private servers.

      Even the “Freedom of Speech” ones like Parlor and Truth Social added moderation policies pretty quickly as they found their platforms degrade into trash and lose users. And it’s about eyeballs and traffic – because that means influence.

      And don’t take offense to this Tom, but think about how much traffic you are driving for free to FP just with the responses people make to you because you made them angry? More traffic, more eyeballs, more advertising dollars for FP.

    • JD

      May 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

      And I agree with your analysis, usually they are apt. Crist’s flip-flop will be his undoing.

      • Tom

        May 19, 2022 at 8:55 pm

        See J D, I knew I liked you for good reason. You are sincere and honest in your efforts to address honest topics. I respect honest dialogue, even if I may disagree from time to time.
        That’s called honest discourse.

        The internet handles like Twitter and others have abused the privilege and have openly favored one party over another. I am open to taking special privileges away, making them more accountable. I respect free speech but I know you can’t yell fire in a theater and or threaten violence on a plane.
        Zuckerbucks example in targeted states is devious.

        A new Congressional majority will offer these changes, not this one. I doubt Biden would sign it, with new Congress, just saying.

        As for chameleon, I’d offer somersault flips as commercials from team Ron to get points across. He’s a flip flopper extraordinaire.

        Take care J D.

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