Safe?

Apr 3, 2024

Floridians learned this week that the state’s constitution does not protect abortion rights.  The conservative Florida Supreme Court ruled.

When all else fails Floridians turn to their Constitution to make policy.  Since the fall of Roe v. Wade in 2022 pro abortion advocates went to work gathering signatures to put a proposal on the ballot in November.  The proposed amendment states: “No law shall prohibit, penalize, delay or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s healthcare provider.” A 60 percent supermajority would need to vote in favor of the amendment to add it to the constitution.

A question is will passing the amendment resolve the issue – here’s why.

Voter Control of Gambling in Florida Ballot Summary: It read “This amendment ensures voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI.  Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts.” Voters in 2018 approved the amendment.

Do you recall voters in Florida voting on a gambling compact negotiated in private by Governor Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Oceola, Jr. signed in 2021 and state lawmakers ratifying the compact?

In November 2018 Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that automatically restored the voting rights to most Floridians, who had with past convictions, and had completed the terms of their sentence.  Along comes…Gov. Ron DeSantis and the legislature who passed a law, prohibiting restored citizens from voting unless they pay off legal financial obligations imposed by the court as a result of a felony conviction.  There is more to the story but let’s leave it there.

Do you think an amendment to enshrine abortion rights in the…state’s constitution will be safe from Gov. DeSantis and the anti-abortion lawmakers?

U. S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in a POLITICO interview summed it up best saying these people want to interfere with private personal health care decisions. She said “…anti-abortion lawmakers would seek to gut the abortion amendment against the will of the voters.” She concluded “They did it and they will do it again, even if you decided that we have abortion rights in our Constitution.”

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