Abortion rights group warns pregnant women to avoid Florida, offers workarounds to 6-week ban

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Florida’s six-week abortion ban went into effect Wednesday.

If you’re pregnant and care about your physical and mental well-being, it’s best to avoid Florida altogether for the foreseeable future, a state reproductive rights group said.

They also provided a few recommendations for those unable to flee the Sunshine State.

The Florida National Organization for Women (Florida NOW) has issued an advisory warning “pregnant individuals to avoid travel and relocation to Florida due to the enactment of a near-total ban on abortion.”

The admonition came Wednesday after a year-delayed ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect, renewing concerns among some doctors that women in the state won’t have access to needed health care.

“The ban prohibits abortions from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, when many people don’t even know they are pregnant,” the group said. “Florida’s six-week abortion ban raises significant concerns regarding the availability of essential health care services for pregnant individuals with both wanted and unwanted pregnancies.”

For pregnant women in Florida who can’t leave, Florida NOW recommended four resources:

Charley, a confidential abortion chatbot built by a former President of Planned Parenthood that can steer users to help and walk them through their options.

INeedAnA, a website through which visitors can find a “legitimate abortion provider” and the closest and soonest appointment.

AbortionFunds, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with abortion-related financial and logistical issues.

Plan C, which provides access to abortion pills by mail in all 50 states.

“Florida NOW will not stop fighting for Reproductive Freedom,” the group’s President, Debbie DeLand, said in a statement. “We urge all Floridians to renew their vote-by-mail registration and vote Yes on 4 in November to restore abortion access and get politicians out of our personal medical decisions.”

“Yes on 4” refers to a question on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve an amendment to the Florida Constitution prohibiting any law limiting the ability to obtain an abortion before fetal viability (generally 20-25 weeks into a term).

The Florida Supreme Court approved the ballot language on April 1. To pass, Amendment 4 must receive a “yes” vote by at least 60% of voters.

The six-week ban replaces a 15-week restriction that included no exceptions for rape or incest. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the lengthier ban during a press conference at a Kissimmee church in April 2022. He quietly signed the six-week ban, dubbed the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” a year later. It allows for abortion up to the 15th week of pregnancy in cases of human trafficking, incest or rape, including statutory rape.

If a doctor determines a pregnant woman is at risk of death, “substantial and irreversible harm,” or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality, abortion is permitted through the first two trimesters.

The six-week ban was on hold while legal challenges against the 15-week ban lawmakers passed two months before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade moved through the court system.

Last month, the Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold the 15-week ban. That enabled the six-week ban, written to take effect a month after the 2022 law was upheld, to replace it.

Jesse Scheckner

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  • Earl Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    May 1, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    Good evening America,
    The above artical of propaganda screams of “Desperate Dooky 4 Brains Leftys” circleing the “Stink Toilet of Goodbye” for a minimum of the next 20 years of “The Dook-A-Crat Party” becoming the irrelevant “OTHER” political party of our “Great Nation”.
    True Word,
    Earl Pitts “TRUE WORD” American

    • Speedy Gonzalez

      May 1, 2024 at 7:40 pm

      Bueanos Noches
      My Cousun slopoke says Gracious to Senior Earl. Speedy

  • Impeach Biden

    May 1, 2024 at 8:34 pm

    Yup. Memories of the NAACP telling black people to avoid Florida. Did they? Absolutely not. People love Florida.

    • Rush To Leave By ‘Motivated’ Sellers

      May 2, 2024 at 6:58 am

      Once a red-hot destination for out-of-state homebuyers, Florida is seeing its inventory of homes for sale skyrocket and price growth stagnate.

      “Florida is very unique,” Redfin’s
      chief economist Daryl Fairweather told CNBC’s “Last Call” on Wednesday. “It was one of the only markets that actually sustained price growth after interest rates went up, so I think this correction is a bit overdue.”

    • JustBabs

      May 2, 2024 at 7:51 am

      For any couple looking to get pregnant, in Florida, it’s a good time to move to a state that will actually provide all modern medical care and act if there is an emergency. Instead of sending the pregant women out to the parking lot to bleed out, or miscarry in the ER bathroom.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 2, 2024 at 11:06 am

      Also memories of white folks protesting outside Ruby Bridges’ school with their big ole protest signs about “states rights,” yelling and screaming at a 6 year old girl for going to public school exactly as she was required by law to do.

      Do people love Florida? No. People love the beach and/or the theme park, and those happen to be in Florida where the weather is most amenable, and this is key, within a day’s drive year round for going to the theme park or the beach.

      People not flying, that doesn’t mean they love Florida. It means they are a young family and can’t afford airfare for 3 or 4+ people and then have to get a rental car once they get there since they left their car at home.

    • rick whitaker

      May 2, 2024 at 10:14 pm

      HOWLER MONKEY, why do you keep taking up for that hellhole called florida? are you saying that lie because you can’t afford to move out of florida?

      • Impeach Biden

        May 3, 2024 at 8:32 am

        Just wondering if there is an original thought in that hillbilly brain of yours? First you take MH’s “Peachy” tag that he or she uses on me. Now you take my “howler monkey” tag that I use on people like you. Come on Rick, come up with your own stuff and stop taking other people’s ideas.

        • rick whitaker

          May 3, 2024 at 11:02 am

          HOWLER MONKEY, it doesn’t matter to me where i get a thought from. my ego can handle it, yours’s can’t, as per your post. anyway i chose holler monkey because they scream for no reason about everything, and they don’t care what you say, they just howl. that fits you “perfect” as trump would say. just use your real name if you can handle it. then i will respectfully call you by whatever your name is.

  • Michael K

    May 2, 2024 at 4:12 am

    More than five decades of reproductive rights and autonomy for women have suddenly vanished it’s no longer a hypothetical abstraction. Soon, as in other states with draconian bans, we’ll see stories of what this radical decision actually means to real-life, everyday people. Florida women now have less freedom and fewer rights because of our Ron DeSantis’ failed political aspirations.

  • Everyone Is Rushing Out Of Florida

    May 2, 2024 at 6:57 am

    Once a red-hot destination for out-of-state homebuyers, Florida is seeing its inventory of homes for sale skyrocket and price growth stagnate.

    “Florida is very unique,” Redfin’s
    chief economist Daryl Fairweather told CNBC’s “Last Call” on Wednesday. “It was one of the only markets that actually sustained price growth after interest rates went up, so I think this correction is a bit overdue.”

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 2, 2024 at 11:08 am

    Women need to cut their men off until the problem is resolved.

    Be like Mrs Rhonda and bzzz bzzz bzzzzzz your own way to satisfaction. You don’t need a man for that. But men do tend to need a woman. The manual labor method teen boys practice twelve times per day just ain’t the same. Men need women, but women do not need a man.

    Women, take control.

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