Many Floridians don’t know 6-week abortion ban is in effect, claims Nikki Fried

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'We're going to have to keep talking about it to make sure that more and more people are hearing it.'

Many Floridians are in the dark about the state’s six-week abortion ban going into effect this month, Democrats said at a press conference.

“Most people don’t know, but this not knowing is going to have a forever impact on people’s lives,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried.

Fried and other Democratic leaders spoke at a virtual press conference that centered around the upcoming Amendment 4 November ballot question on abortion rights.

Florida’s 15-week abortion ban was replaced with the six-week ban as of May 1. Abortion rights advocates argue that many women don’t even realize they are pregnant at six weeks, so the new policy feels like a total ban.

“We’re going have to continue telling these stories from every advocate to every elected official, to the media. We’re going to have to keep talking about it to make sure that more and more people are hearing it,” Fried said on the call.

Democratic state Rep. Johanna López of Orlando said progressive leaders need to get the message by word of mouth and social media.

“We know the culture of our district,” said López, who is Puerto Rican. “We have to talk with our constituents. We have to use our native language.”

But Laurie Plotnick, President of the Democratic Senior Caucus of Florida, argued that the abortion rights issue is already firing up people across the state. She pointed to the grassroots campaign that helped put Amendment 4 on the ballot in the first place.

“Let’s not lose the fact that we collected over a million signatures when it was a 15-week abortion ban. … So we already have people that are good and angry,” Plotnick said. “I remember how monumental getting it on the ballot was. We did it. Now we have to give updates on it.”

A poll released last week by the Florida Chamber of Commerce showed Amendment 4 has just enough support to pass, with 61% of support. The poll, however, also had a margin error of +/- 4 percentage points.

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  • Ian

    May 14, 2024 at 9:42 am

    Did Fried provide research results to show that many Floridians don’t know the 6-week abortion ban is in effect? If not, then how does she know that?
    Given that the article does not mention any such research, the headline should read:
    “Fried claims, without evidence, that many Floridians don’t know 6-week abortion ban is in effect”.
    That’s how the MSM write their headlines when Republicans make unsubstantiated claims.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 11:32 am

      It’s safe to assume people don’t know about law that changed recently unless there’s a big ole PR campaign telling everybody about the change.

      Do you think Florida’s GOP should have a “6 week ban’s in effect” celebration?

      I do. I think a “6 week ban’s effective” parade in every town a great idea.

      New laws should have to come with PR campaigns announcing them, but that’s never going to happen in a G0P Run State now is it.

      • Ian

        May 14, 2024 at 3:43 pm

        When you assume, you make an ass out of yourself.

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 15, 2024 at 3:01 pm

          Except perhaps when an embarrassing new law goes into effect and the party that enacted it wants to pretend they did not do that. In that case it’s safe to assume nobody knows and to take action to let folks know.

          Hey everybody, Florida has total ban on abortions in effect now. It’s called the “6 week ban” but by the time anybody knows they’re pregnant, the 6 weeks are up, yielding another G0P Run State with another total ban.

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 15, 2024 at 3:05 pm

          Since you’re evidence oriented, Ian, how about you provide evidence that Florida lacks many people who are unaware Rhonda and the FLg0P’s 6-week abortion ban in in effect?

          That way neither of us has to assume anything at all, not even the scenario where people won’t know about something until they’re told about it.

          You assume folks know something nobody told them. I assume they won’t know something nobody told them.

          Test and let us know how your evidence turns out, please Ian

          • Ian

            May 15, 2024 at 3:23 pm

            Your premise is faulty. I made no assumptions.

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 3:12 pm

          IAN, i assume you are a white christian nationalist maga cultist, am i wrong?

          • Ian

            May 15, 2024 at 5:18 pm

            Wow, got hostility?

            None of the terms you listed can accurately be used to describe me.

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 3:35 pm

          IAN , you are nothing BUT an assumption. don’t take yourself as being an on the ball, non assuming person, that IS a huge assumption. you are maga, right? i assumed that.

          • Ian

            May 15, 2024 at 5:20 pm

            See my response to your earlier question. You need help.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      May 15, 2024 at 3:11 pm

      I am thinking of a positive whole number between 1 and 42 trillion.

      I assume Ian does not know what number I am thinking.

      Do we really need research to prove it? Okay, I”m game.

      Ian, what number am I thinking of?

      I’ve provided plenty of context for the information you should know, so I expect you will know for sure. It’s easier than guessing out of the blue, absent any context whatsoever, that there’s a new law that nobody asked for which just went silently into effect, and that law is a 6 week abortion ban.

      So, Ian, what number am I thinking of? Or can i safely assume you don’t know?

      • Ian

        May 15, 2024 at 5:21 pm

        Thank you for proving my point about making an ass out of yourself when you assume.

        • Ron Forrest Ron

          May 16, 2024 at 10:09 am

          Come on, man. If you’re going to troll, at least do it in some relevant way please. Your malarkey trolling is mindlessly boring. BORED NOW.

        • rick whitaker

          May 16, 2024 at 6:49 pm

          IAN, i will translate for you, he said you are an ahole.

  • rick whitaker

    May 14, 2024 at 7:23 pm

    IAN i assume i’m an ass, so that means you are an ass, and i’m not? maybe assume is a ligitimate word that asses like to make assine comments about. i assume you got me, right?

    • Ian

      May 15, 2024 at 10:43 am

      I see that you typed something, but you must have been off your meds at the time because all that came out was gobbledygook.

  • rick whitaker

    May 15, 2024 at 1:37 pm

    IAN, i take no meds ever. i don’t rememer ever being sick. as a vegatarian healh conscience person, that can be the case. so, what ypu say is wrong. get someone whom can read better than you and maybe they can explain my comment to you. ian, are you playing dumb or what?

    • rick whitaker

      May 15, 2024 at 1:42 pm

      ian, i misspelled two words, can you handle that?

      • Ian

        May 15, 2024 at 5:22 pm

        I commend you for pointing out a couple of your own flaws, but you’ve got a long way to go. Don’t stop now.

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 5:47 pm

          IAN, i am full of flaws, did i say something different than that? you flawed by telling someone not taking meds to take their meds. you flawed by saying i was typing gobbledygook. i checked, i never typed that. i pointed out a couple of your flaws and that didn’t make me feel any better. i guess you are just way wiser and erudite than i am. excuse me for entering your hallowed world. out of curiosity, just what are the accurate words to describe you? maga? christian? white? nationialist? msnbc discounter? playing dumb? so are any of those descriptions right? i’m a white progressive dem, anti-nationialist, anti religious, msnbc lover, and yes, VERY hostile toward anyone trying to ruin my country with lies, election denying , and trump humping.

          • Ian

            May 15, 2024 at 6:13 pm

            You’re making good progress. Keep it up.

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 6:28 pm

          IAN, if i called you a pompous ahole, would i be wrong? just checking, i wouldn’t want to call you a pompous ahole unless you said it was alright. after all, you are far superior to me even though you have no idea who i am. you must have powers so far above me that i can’t comprehend them. i’m actually in awe of you. i will be hanging on your every post.

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 7:51 pm

          IAN thank you for saying i’m making good progress. what should i do or say next? ian i have needed someone like you to guide me for over 70 years. now i have you. what should i do next?

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 16, 2024 at 10:32 am

            “Accept Jesus into your heart,” i bet :ROFL:

  • Cindy

    May 16, 2024 at 3:12 pm

    In the dark. I hear ingnorace is no excuse…but that’s what a mugshot is for. To keep it alive ,,and ruin you for forever and ever pay pay pay to go away

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