Email insights: In ‘DeSantis Country,’ female athletes report their menstruation history to the state
Ron DeSantis takes another Democratic attack.

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'Handing over teenagers’ menstrual history to a third-party software company is flat-out dangerous.'

The Florida Democratic Party is taking issue with reporting that Florida schools require female athletes to report on their periods, pegging the practice to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The email, titled, “DeSantis Country: Florida requires female student-athletes to report their menstrual history,” contends fears are mounting “that period-tracking data that Florida schools require student-athletes to submit could be subpoenaed and used as evidence against women and girls to further restrict their reproductive freedoms.”

That data, sourced to a third-party vendor, alarmed a spokesperson for the Florida Democrats.

“Ron DeSantis has already signed an extreme abortion ban in Florida that includes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest, and his administration wants to go even further by scrapping Florida’s right to privacy. Handing over teenagers’ menstrual history to a third-party software company in Ron DeSantis’ Florida is flat-out dangerous,” said FDP spox Travis Reuther.

The Democratic response comes in the wake of a blockbuster story in The Florida Times-Union and other Gannett papers that introduced readers to what has become established practice in Florida schools.

“But all female athletes in the state also are asked to report their history of menstrual periods: When they got their first period, how many weeks pass between periods and when they had their last one, to name a few. The information is reported on athletes’ annual physical form, which they are required to fill out with a physician and turn in to their school’s athletic director,” the piece from Katherine Kokal noted.

These had exclusively been hard copy forms, but increasingly business is being routed to a new vendor called Aktivate, raising concerns.

Democrats link this reportage to other incursions on women’s rights.

Abortion and reproductive rights are on the ballot, contend Democrats, in the wake of the blockbuster Dobbs decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that removed federal protections for reproductive rights that had been said to be settled law after 1973’s Roe v. Wade. Florida’s new law bans abortion after the 15th week of gestation.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


12 comments

  • Tjb

    October 6, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Why must these student athletes report their history of menstrual periods?

    • Paul Passarelli

      October 6, 2022 at 4:07 pm

      Simple: Young female athletes pushed in training to the point of amenorrhea, can suffer physical complications.

      If you need further explanation google the $0.50 word.

      • Tjb

        October 7, 2022 at 9:50 am

        Thank you Mr. 1% for the Google advice.
        Folks, did you know when Paul run for state office twice in Connecticut , Paul received 1.7% than 1% of the vote.
        He blamed his poor showing on the stupidity of the Connecticut voter. I am amazed that …98+% of a state population are stupid.

        • Ocean Joe

          October 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm

          Give the guy credit. He got out there and put himself up for elective office twice, and by his account pulled in about 25,000 votes (probably siphoned away from some Republican, which ranks him with Mother Teresa in my book).
          And take the cannoli.

          • Paul Passarelli

            October 11, 2022 at 10:59 am

            It doesn’t really matter whose votes I “siphoned away”. Murphy’s election was pre-destined by the 2:1 advantage the Dems have over the Rs in CT.

            But there was some very useful information that did emerce from that contest.

            There were several precincts & districts where neither I not the Green Party candidate received a single vote. A statistical impossibility.

            What that does point to is a *FAILURE* of the reliability of the Election Controls that are supposed to guarantee the integrity of the vote.

            Those that are OK with rationalizing those zero vote totals like to point out that I had no chance of winning. Which is true. It was also not cost effective for me to seek remedial action because there was zero possibility that the ‘investigation’ would have resulted in the appropriate criminal penalties for vote tampering. The CT Democrats that work the polls are exceptionally well protected.

            Anyway, when someone asks me if the election is secure, my first reaction as *always* laughter. Then I explain why election fraud is alive & well wherever Soros funded Democrats are allowed to congregate.

        • WiseOne

          October 11, 2022 at 8:15 am

          98+% does seem a bit high. For example, here in Florida only 78.9% of the population is stupid.

      • marylou

        October 9, 2022 at 3:25 pm

        It is inappropriate.
        Education and any concerns should be addressed by school nurses, pe teachers, coaches, peer educators, mentors, parent or volunteer sports supporters/chaperones, school social workers, health teachers, nutritionists/dieticians, parents at home, reliable online resources…There are many appropriate ways to get information and assistance to athletes. Government surveillance is not one.

      • marylou

        October 9, 2022 at 3:32 pm

        And, Paul, young female athletes pushed into pregnancy WILL suffer even MORE physical complications. Google that

  • Paul Passarelli

    October 6, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Coincidence is not Causation. I have no other meaningful way to respond to the absurdity of this story.

    Governments *request* intrusive information ALL THE TIME. People are free to refuse to answer. Even with their doctor.

    However, I would use this story to my advantage when the government is *requiring* data to be collected by CC companies from, say merchants selling guns or ammunition.

    So choose you words carefully. Defend your expectation of privacy vigorously. Tell the girls to have fun. Oh and keep the boys who delusionally claim to be girls out of the women’s bathrooms & lockers!!!

    • Paul Pizza

      October 6, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      My nose is permanently stuck to my forehead. All of you are stupid. All of you are shit. Come after my money and I’ll kill every one of you bastards.

  • Elliott Offen

    October 6, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    They’ve gone full neo nazi police state. Next up, no fourth amendment rights. Oh wait.. there are none anyway thanks to 9-11.. “terrorist threat”…which is now mostly conservatives so they are officially eating their own babies.

  • Paul Passarelli

    October 9, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    If you are so pro-abortion, I have a suggestion: Why don’t you open up an abortion clinic? That would *PROVE* that you are so committed to the cause that you are willing to risk prison for a political stance.

    Of don’t you really have the guts to stand up for what you *say* you believe? No, you’re just a complainer.

    All Soros trolls with fake aliases are just complainers.

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