Abortion rights supporters rally in Orlando to kick off Yes on 4 campaign

Activists had their say Saturday in Central Florida.

A crowd fighting for reproductive freedom in Florida marched Saturday at a downtown Orlando rally kicking off Yes on 4’s official campaign for the November election.

Women who underwent the medical procedures, abortion providers and advocates spoke to the crowd, leading chants of “I believe that we will win!” before they marched around Lake Eola. About 2,000 people RSVPed in advance for the rally, according to the Yes on 4 campaign.

Missing from the podium were any elected officials — an intentional move because organizers want to portray abortion rights as a healthcare and freedom issue affecting real people that shouldn’t be politicalized as Democratic or Republican.

“Abortion is personal. Not political!” said one woman’s sign.

“My arm is tired of holding this sign from the 1960s,” said another.

Voters will decide whether to protect abortion rights on the ballot as Florida is on the verge of having one of the most restrictive abortion rules in the country. The state’s six-week abortion ban goes into effect May 1, the Florida Supreme Court recently decided.

“Shame! Shame!” the crowd chanted at mention of the upcoming ban as speakers said the government is overstepping into people’s private lives and intervening in deeply personal medical decisions.

“There isn’t a legislator out there who knows what better for my family than I do,” said one speaker to a diverse crowd of different races, ages and both men and women.

Organizers collected more than 1 million signatures to get Amendment 4 on the ballot.

Previewing ahead what could be an emotional issue for some, a small group of anti-protestors outside Saturday’s rally held signs accusing people of getting abortions as being murderers and saying the issue compares to slavery and the Holocaust.

Orlando Police were a highly visible presence although the day appeared peaceful.

A large number of Floridians are unsure where they stand on the ballot question, according to an early poll released this week.

Emerson College Polling said 42% of Florida voters supported abortion rights but a large number of voters — 32% — are still undecided. About 25% are against, according to the survey of 1,000 voters with +/- 3-percentage-point margin of error conducted over two days earlier this week.

To win in November, Amendment 4 needs at least 60% of the vote.

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 13, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    Here’s hoping the SCOTUS declares Absolute Immunity for US Presidents so President Biden can then use that immunity to abort this Supreme Court

  • Hope so!

    April 13, 2024 at 3:34 pm

    If the undecided break the way the decided did in the poll, and poll is accurate, amendment should pass with 62%… we’ll see!

    • Hung Wiil

      April 15, 2024 at 9:24 pm

      No, you’re wrong. The amendment will not get 60%; please hold your breath.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 23, 2024 at 3:15 pm

        Hung Lil, it’s passed in every state that’s brought it up since Trump’s SCOTUS did what they did. Why would you think Florida would be any different? Whatever people say about babies, when it’s their turn and they don’t want one, they want the right to make that choice. It’s been proven in every state that’s asked its voters. Zero fails. Even Florida won’t be the first fail despite Florida’s strong propensity for failing fast and failing hard.


    April 13, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    Good evening America,
    Relax Your Sphincters and take a look at the photo accompying this artical.
    Let The Sage Earl interperate what you just saw so as to not over-tax anyone’s brain with deep thoughts.
    Its just a few Granny “Cotton Tops” from the radical “Bra Burning 1960’s” America. And theres not enough of those “Old Hippies” still around to sway any votes. No young Surburban White Ladies and no Black Ladies either.
    Now that Row V Wade is Grave Yard Dead and abortion is in the hands of the various States abortion is no longer a POTUS ELECTION ISSUE. And everyone but a few Grannys from the 1960’s is aware of Earl’s Sage Wisdom on the issue of abortion.
    Thank you America for allowing ME, Earl Pitts American to “Bring You Up To Speed” on the “NON-ISSUE OF ABORTION”,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Ocean Joe

      April 13, 2024 at 4:18 pm

      This amendment will pass easily. Trump knows it. Ronnie knows it. No need for a rally, it’s happening.
      Meanwhile, Dirty Rick is likely to be reelected, urging Cuban Americans to support him against communism while he supports Trump who loves the Russians. The same Russians who kept Castro in power all those years, and help keep that crumbling dictatorship there still today.


        April 14, 2024 at 6:11 pm

        Sage Wisdom there my “Besty Lefty OJ, Earl hangs on every “Sage Word” from my “BESTY OJ”
        Thanks OJ, your Sage opinions and pontifications are Earls Go-To- Opinions of “Whats Next” in the Leftist World” my Sage Man OJ !!!!


          April 14, 2024 at 6:28 pm

          Good evening America & Florida,
          ME, Earl Pitts American & My Besty Lefty, OJ, Pretty much together, just told you “The Sage Future”.
          For a 100% “PEEP” Into The Future, you should, one and all, follow the “Sage Wisdom of OJ & Earl.
          *FYI, SAGE FANS OF OJ & Earl, my loyal Employee, Rick Whitaker, is thinking real hard of how he can best follow-up MY and OJ’s “Sage Wisdom” with some “Wacky Dook 4 Brains” leftist comentary …. and he will “Weigh In Soon …. very Soon ….
          Thanks OJ & Rick for all you do for EARL …. I just love you guys!!!
          Earl Pitts American

        • rick whitaker

          April 14, 2024 at 6:28 pm

          EARL, too bad you don’t understand one word that OJ said. it was on point, and way over your dirty little head.

          • Ocean Joe

            April 14, 2024 at 8:37 pm

            OK, Earl, looks like he managed to do it…again.
            But I am trying to understand the modern world where Republicans love Trump, Trump loves the Russians, and though communism may have withered on the vine (to borrow a Newt Gingrich quote about social security), Russia supports every enemy nation we have on the globe include the tyrants in Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran. Maybe you can explain it to me.

          • rick whitaker

            April 14, 2024 at 8:47 pm

            OCEAN JOE, i think the main thing wrong with earl is that he is now old and retired and he realizes that everything he has held up high in his life is either phony, a lie, or both. think about it, to live by a religion and a greedy money loving culture, and then find out 82 years later that all is an illusion, could drive you toward maga cultism.

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 6:33 pm

      EARL, do you enjoy ALWAYS being wrong on every issue? i think so. i think you are just THAT lame. i think you are trying to make up for personal transgressions of the past by being such an ass. weird huh?


        April 14, 2024 at 6:59 pm

        Thanks Rick,
        Your right on point with your “Wacky Leftist Dook Comentary” as always you elevate my “Sage Wisdom” as nobody else could ever do.
        FYI, Rickster, I’m working with Don & Ron to find you a position in “The Sage Don & Ron POTUS/VPOTUS Administration so you, Rick, and your “LOVELY WIFE” will never have to work again.
        Rick, My Man !!!!

        • rick whitaker

          April 14, 2024 at 7:23 pm

          earl, you are a lonely 82 year old man, how sad, not really. with a head like you got, nobody want’s to be around you. you brought it on yourself. get your head out of that maga cult while you still can.


            April 14, 2024 at 8:26 pm

            Sage Rick, Sage indeed,

          • rick whitaker

            April 14, 2024 at 8:38 pm

            earl, you are too stubborn and fearful to take my advice on anything. iv’e met your type before, you’re nothing special. worthless to the world, but not special. remember earl, i’m not a christian, so i don’t have no phoniness holding me back, i know what you are even if you don’t know yourself. christianity does that to fools.

    • rick whitaker

      April 14, 2024 at 9:08 pm

      NO EARL, we are not going to relax our sphincters. you need to get sphincters off your brain you gay hound you. i don’t mind the gay part, but a guy like you that is always on the hunt for or is talking about sphincters all the time, is quite a bit too much. grow up you clown .

      • Christine Fired By Casey For Lips

        April 15, 2024 at 4:03 pm

        Christine Pooshaw’s troll sock-puppet.

    • rick whitaker

      April 16, 2024 at 4:24 pm


    • rick whitaker

      April 16, 2024 at 11:54 pm


  • Speedy Gonzales

    April 15, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    Abortion is wrong you not can get in heaven after 9vote abort. Speedy

    • rick whitaker

      April 16, 2024 at 12:00 pm


  • rick whitaker

    April 16, 2024 at 4:22 pm

    earl, remember, i’ve seen that gay blade picture you posed for. i am convinced if i could put it on this site, that it would be viewed with laughter. earl, not the kind of laughter you want, but laughing at you like something hideous and grotesque that is trying to appear differently to the viewer. the moderator won’t let me do that to you.

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