Pro-abortion activists may be scarce while anti-abortion crowd rallies Tuesday at the Capitol
Protesters gather at an anti-abortion rally in the Florida Capitol Building on May 24, 2022. Credit: Danielle J. Brown

'We’re more likely to hold an event at the state Capitol around a committee meeting or floor vote on a bill we’re concerned about ...'

While anti-abortion activists plan to rally on the Florida Capitol grounds and inside the building Tuesday, abortion rights groups may not be around to counter their messaging.

That’s because Planned Parenthood advocates for abortion access told the Florida Phoenix that they don’t have current plans to organize a protest or rally that day, when the Legislature convenes following the Nov. 8 election.

Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, explained in an email to the Phoenix:

“Throughout the year and across the state, Florida’s Planned Parenthood affiliates, along with our supporters and allies, hold rallies, marches, protests and other kinds of community events, usually around specific issues.

“So, for example, we’re more likely to hold an event at the state Capitol around a committee meeting or floor vote on a bill we’re concerned about than during the largely administrative organizational Session.”

For example, in May, the Florida affiliates of Planned Parenthood organized a protest at the Florida Supreme Court building following the leak of the U.S. Supreme Court draft Roe v. Wade opinion that would ultimately overturn federal abortion protections.

Currently, Florida has a 15-week abortion ban, though lawmakers may be considering more abortion restrictions. And following the Nov. 8 election, both the House and Senate will have supermajorities in their chambers, which can make legislation easier to pass.

Meanwhile, an anti-abortion group called Florida’s Voice for the Unborn plans to bus abortion opponents up to the Capitol building and rally during the organizational session to push their message “Make Florida Totally Abortion Free.”

Florida Voices for the Unborn has a full itinerary of advocating for further abortion bans in Florida on Tuesday, which includes “peacefully” protesting inside the rotunda of the Capitol building, attempting to speak with lawmakers about their anti-abortion stances, and delivering postcards to lawmakers and encourage them to approve a total ban on abortion, according to a Friday press release.


Danielle Brown reporting via Florida Phoenix.

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  • Robert A. Zimmerman II

    November 22, 2022 at 7:07 am

    The pro-abortion lobby has “woke” up and smelled the coffee. All their two state candidates, Crist and Demings, talked about all during their campaigns was Roe v Wade. And look what happened.
    When it comes to abortion in Florida, as the singer once sang, “the times they are a-changin'”

    • Joe Corsin

      November 22, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Far right theocracy in Florida. Yay!

      • Pavement of Your Dreams

        November 22, 2022 at 1:09 pm

        Go right down to where that big six-lane runs with the arrow pointing north. Follow it to your bloody nirvana.

        • marylou

          November 22, 2022 at 2:15 pm

          Are you going to pray this hard for the unwanted infants that get thrown against the wall, or burned with cigarettes, kicked around the house till their ribs are broken, screamed at, ignored, held down in a bathtub of hot water, shaken till their neck breaks and their little brains are mush? Or who turn out like unwanted Nikolas Cruz and blow off other kids’ heads?

          Not a good idea to force parents to have kids they don’t want, don’t bond with, resent, can’t afford, can’t take care of, maybe hate! When will forced-birthers realize that as fun as it is for them, they cannot punish women for sex without a LOT of other people paying the price. Start praying

    • marylou

      November 22, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      The anti-abortion industry makes $$billions off pushing lies like this. Almost 70% of Floridians support abortion rights and did not want Roe overturned. Among women 18-29, abortion was the #1 issue this election. Young people are replacing the old men who want the government to control everybody else.

      Wait till an abortion rights amendment gets on the state ballot. Abortion rights will get the same support in Florida that it has gotten in EVERY state that has already voted on it. So, Bob, please “don’t criticize what you can’t understand…”

      • I. M. Wayten

        November 22, 2022 at 3:26 pm

        Then why don’t we have Governor-elect Crist talking about all his plans for the Democrat-controlled legislature to enshrine abortion to birth? When with Senator-elect Demings tell us about how she is going to move a federal amendment to return Roe v Wade? I’m waiting for it. Will I have to wait much longer?

        • marylou

          November 22, 2022 at 11:42 pm

          Same reason we don’t have Medical insurance for all instead of bankruptcy, fair taxes for corporations…and everything else voters consistently say they want. Tee-vee tells us we only care about inflation and what pronouns other people use.

          No one is requesting or getting abortions near birth. Doctors don’t do that. It is illegal. That is an anti-abortion rights myth.

          Only four doctors do very late abortions, and only when the woman and/or the fetus will die, when the fetus is non-viable, or when the fetus is missing his brain or skull, or some similar tragedy.

          The worst lie created by forced birth extremists is the abortion survival baby left to die story. That is practically always the result of inducing delivery of a fetus who has no chance of survival. The parents want to hold their baby with love and warmth and calm for the short moments they have together. Families take photos and foot prints, name their baby, have their baby baptised, say goodbye to the baby that they have wanted and waited for months to hold.

          The “activists” want to snatch this baby from his loving parents’ arms and rush him off to the NICU to be stuck with needles, connected to wires and cords, fed by tube, in a cold, bright, noisy, chemical-smelling, room full of endlessly beeping machines and strangers talking about what’s for lunch, where he will lie in a plastic box—- for the rest of his life of minutes, hours, sometimes weeks. With no hope of ever going home.

          This isn’t pro-life. This isn’t God’s will. All it is is cruelty and selfishness.

  • Elliott Offen

    November 22, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Pro life activists are usually walking advertisements for abortion and products of irresponsible sex themselves. Keep church in church. Turn the fire hose on them.

  • carlos walton

    November 23, 2022 at 10:31 am

    As a gay man I don’t understand what all the fuss be bout.

    • marylou

      November 23, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      Andrew Shirvell, (leader of Florida Voice of the Unborn), former assistant state attorney general, was disbarred several years ago as a result of his public hostility to a gay student leader at the University of Michigan–including stalking the student. A $4 million judgement was made against Shirvell for his intolerance and vindictiveness.

      Jobless and disgraced, Shirvell traveled to Florida to make money in the lucrative anti-abortion industry. His desperation and low self-worth now lead him to seek attention—and donations—on street corners and in Tallahassee public buildings. He conspires to influence powerful politicians to legislate against their constituents’ interests, and to erase the line of separation between church and state.

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