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2012 legislative session report

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executive overview despite the fact that floridians continue to be plagued by the lagging economy and a growing lack of access to health care legislators in the 2012 florida legislature once again focused on attacking women s rights and making it harder for women to access essential reproductive health services filing nine dangerous intrusive and offensive anti-choice bills this session and one anti-choice resolution some of the bills were the most extreme in the nation many lacking exceptions for women who face threats to their health as a result of pregnancy or are victims of rape or incest although floridians struggle to access affordable high quality health care with nearly two million women uninsured and nearly as many in need of contraceptive services and supplies some bills threatened to make it nearly impossible for planned parenthood to open up new health centers thankfully with your support we defeated all nine anti-choice bills below are the anti-choice bills that planned parenthood working in conjunction with our supporters pro-choice legislators and coalition partners defeated in the 2012 legislative session sb 290/hb 277 by sen flores r-38 rep burgin r-57 this omnibus anti-choice bill would restrict planned parenthood s ability to provide lifesaving cancer screenings birth control testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and other preventative and affordable health care to floridians by preventing new health centers from opening sb 1374/hb 1151 by sen wise r-5 rep van zant r-21 this would be one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country this bill would ban all abortions with no exceptions for rape incest or sexual assault victims and a very limited exception for the life of the pregnant woman sb 1702/hb 1327 by sen siplin d-19 rep plakon r-37 on its face this bill makes it illegal to terminate a pregnancy due to the potential sex or race of the fetus however this bill is really an attempt to inflame racial and gender tensions in communities of color in order to undermine access to abortion care in florida the bill is offensive and implies women can t be trusted to make private medical decisions hb 839 by rep davis r-13 hb 839 is a one size fits all bill that would cause harm to women and their families by banning abortions at 20 weeks with no exceptions for a pregnancy that is a result of rape or incest or for a woman s mental health or fetal impairment that is incompatible with life which can go undiscovered early in a pregnancy sb 234/hb 137 by sen fasano r-11 rep ahern r-51 on its face this bill makes it a separate criminal offense under florida s vehicular homicide and dui manslaughter statutes to cause fetal demise through harming or killing a pregnant woman in reality however this dangerous bill would allow people to be charged with a crime they didn t know or intend to commit.

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in the face of this onslaught of anti-choice legislation that could substantially impact women and their families we faced symbolic attacks too sb 1326 by sen fasano r-11 was a resolution commemorating january 2012 as pregnancy resource center month pregnancy resource centers or crisis pregnancy centers cpcs are non-medical facilities that often advertise free over-thecounter pregnancy testing as a way to get women in the door and then pressure them to not seek abortions in a backroom deal anti-choice leaders in the senate quietly adopted this resolution without any debate or votes a testament to the questionable nature of the resolution and cpcs thankfully this resolution has no substantial legislative impact despite the anti-choice attacks leveled at women and their families this session there were several pieces of legislation filed this year that would protect and promote women s health below are bills aimed at increasing floridians access to a full range of reproductive health care the pregnancy confidentiality act sponsored by sen lynn r-7 and rep berman d-86 recognizes that women expect and deserve confidentiality when seeking information related to a pregnancy at a cpc unfortunately this bill was never heard in any committee sb 2042 by sen sobel d-31 this resolution would recognize january 22-28 2012 as reproductive rights awareness week in florida highlighting the importance of access to comprehensive reproductive health care scr 180/hce 8003 by sen rich d-34 rep berman d-86 the equal rights amendment act seeks to ratify the proposed amendment to the u.s constitution relating to equal rights for women and men sb 1474/hb 167 by sen gibson d-1 rep fullwood d-15 this bill would create an expedited partner therapy pilot ept project in duval and gadsden counties allowing doctors to reduce the occurrence of sexually-transmitted infections by prescribing treatment for a patient and his or her partner sb 1116/hb 1051 by sen altman r-24 rep van zant r 21 this bill would require the department of health doh to add human papillomavirus hpv to the list of communicable diseases for which immunizations are recommended sb 524/hb 367 by sen joyner d-18 rep reed d-59 this bill would prohibit the inhumane practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women during labor and delivery in a victory for women s rights this bill passed the house and senate this session and is waiting for the governor s signature to become law in florida for more information about these bills and more please visit www.floridaplannedparenthood.org

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in the 2012 legislative session legislators had the opportunity to cast several votes for or against reproductive health care the vote records on the following pages share the legislators votes on the anti-choice bills that were heard in committee this year please note that a pro-choice vote is indicated by pro being listed next to the legislators name and an anti-choice vote against women s health is indicated by anti being listed next to the legislators name nv next to a legislators name means he or she did not vote on the issue as the anti-choice bills filed during the 2012 legislative session demonstrate women and their families are under attack in florida what s more the women s health at risk report released in january 2012 by the florida association of planned parenthood affiliates reveals that women s health is in crisis in florida as women struggle to access affordable quality health care key findings in the report reveal almost a third of the people living with hiv/aids in florida are women florida has the second highest number of women and girls living with aids in the entire country there are nearly a quarter-of-a-million unintended pregnancies each year in florida with women s health at risk florida legislators should be working with planned parenthood and other women s health advocates to expand access to preventative health care including lifesaving cancer screenings sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and birth control and implement comprehensive sex education programs to help reduce unintended pregnancies and improve women s health for 95 years building healthy communities has been planned parenthood s mission our health care services include lifesaving cancer screenings breast health care well-woman exams contraceptive services sexually transmitted infection prevention and treatment and much more over 90 of the services we offer are preventive and help women families and communities stay healthy we are happy to report that florida women won when legislators stood up to the attack on women s health in 2012 now we urge legislators to work with planned parenthood and other women s health care providers and advocates to help women access quality reproductive health care services to access the full women s health at risk report please visit www.floridaplannedparenthood.org

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hb 277 omnibus trap bill member abruzzo joseph d-85 adkins janet r-12 ahern larry r-51 albritton ben r-66 artiles frank r-119 aubuchon gary r-74 baxley dennis r-24 bembry leonard d-10 berman lori d-86 bernard mack d-84 bileca michael r-117 boyd jim r-68 brandes jeffrey jeff r-52 brodeur jason t r-33 broxson doug r-1 bullard dwight d-118 burgin rachel r-56 caldwell matt r-73 campbell daphne d-108 cannon dean r-35 chestnut charles d-23 clarke-reed gwyndolen d-92 clemens jeff d-89 coley marti r-7 corcoran richard r-45 costello fredrick r-26 crisafulli steve r-32 cruz janet d-58 davis daniel r-13 diaz jose felix r-115 dorworth chris r-34 drake brad r-5 eisnaugle eric r-40 ford clay r-3 fresen erik r-111 frishe jim r-54 fullwood reggie d-15 anti pro anti pro pro anti anti anti pro pro anti anti hhs access subcommittee 1/24/12 hhs committee 2/23/12 floor vote 3/1/12 pro anti anti anti anti anti anti anti pro pro anti anti anti anti anti pro anti anti anti anti pro pro pro anti anti anti anti pro anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti pro

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member gaetz matt r-4 garcia jr luis d-107 gibbons joe d-105 glorioso rich r-62 gonzalez eddy r-102 goodson tom r-29 grant james r-47 grimsley denise r-77 hager bill r-87 harrell gayle r-81 harrison shawn r-60 holder doug r-70 hooper ed r-50 horner mike r-79 hudson matt r-101 hukill dorothy r-28 ingram clay r-2 jenne evan d-100 jones mia d-14 julien john patrick d-104 kiar martin d-97 kreegel paige r-72 kriseman rick d-53 legg john r-46 logan ana rivas r-114 lopez-cantera carlos r-113 mayfield debbie r-80 mcburney charles r-16 mckeel seth r-63 metz larry r-25 moraitis jr george r r-91 nehr peter r-48 nelson bryan r-38 nunez jeanette m r-112 oliva jose r-110 o toole marlene r-42 pafford mark d-88 passidomo kathleen c r-76 patronis jimmy t r-6 perman steven d-78 perry w keith r-22 hhs access subcommittee 1/24/12 hhs committee 2/23/12 floor vote 3/1/12 anti pro pro anti anti anti anti anti nv nv anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti pro pro anti pro anti pro anti pro anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti anti pro pro pro pro anti pro pro anti

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member pilon ray r-69 plakon scott r-37 porter elizabeth r-11 porth ari d-96 precourt steve r-41 proctor bill r-20 randolph scott d-36 ray lake r-17 reed betty d-59 rehwinkel vasilinda michelle d-9 renuart ronald r-18 roberson kenneth r-71 rogers hazelle d-94 rooney jr patrick r-83 rouson darryl d-55 sands franklin d-98 saunders ron d-120 schenck robert r-44 schwartz elaine d-99 slosberg irving d-90 smith jimmie r-43 snyder william r-82 soto darren d-49 stafford cynthia d-109 stargel kelli r-64 steube gregory r-67 taylor dwayne d-27 thompson geraldine d-39 thurston jr perry d-93 tobia john r-31 trujillo carlos r-116 van zant charles r-21 waldman james d-95 watson barbara d-103 weatherford will r-61 weinstein michael r-19 williams alan d-8 williams trudi r-75 wood john r-65 workman ritch r-30 young dana r-57 hhs access subcommittee 1/24/12 hhs committee 2/23/12 floor vote 3/1/12 pro anti anti pro anti anti nv anti pro pro anti anti anti anti pro anti pro pro pro anti pro anti pro pro anti anti pro pro anti anti pro pro pro anti anti anti pro anti anti pro pro anti anti pro anti anti anti anti anti anti

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hb 137 vehicular homicide bill hb 137 was only heard in the criminal justice subcommittee and never moved forward the votes of the committee members are listed below the senate version of the bill was temporarily postponed in the criminal justice committee meaning it was never voted on in the senate member bullard dwight d-118 campbell daphne d-108 diaz jose felix r-115 glorioso rich r-62 grant james r-47 harrell gayle r-81 julien john patrick d-104 mcburney charles r-16 perry w keith r-22 pilon ray r-69 slosberg irving d-90 trujillo carlos r-116 van zant charles r-21 watson barbara d-103 young dana r-57 criminal justice subcommittee 1/31/12 pro pro anti anti anti anti pro anti anti anti pro anti anti pro nv

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hb 1327 race/sex selective abortion ban hb 1327 was only heard in the health and human services subcommittee and the civil justice subcommittee the votes of the committee members are listed below the bill was never heard in the senate member abruzzo joseph d-85 bernard mack d-84 baxley dennis r-24 berman lori d-86 bileca michael r-117 brodeur jason t r-33 clarke-reed gwyndolen d-92 clemens jeff d-89 diaz jose felix r-115 eisnaugle eric r-40 gaetz matt r-4 hager bill r-87 harrison shawn r-60 horner mike r-79 kiar martin d-97 logan ana rivas r-114 metz larry r-25 oliva jose r-110 pafford mark d-88 passidomo kathleen c r-76 perman steven d-78 plakon scott r-37 roberson kenneth r-71 soto darren d-49 steinberg richard d-106 stargel kelli r-64 van zant charles r-21 weinstein michael r-19 young dana r-57 anti anti anti anti pro pro anti pro anti pro nv nv anti anti anti anti pro anti pro anti anti pro pro anti anti anti nv nv hhs access subcommittee 1/24 civil justice subcommittee 1/31 pro pro

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hb 839 20-week abortion ban hb 839 was only heard in the health and human services subcommittee and the criminal justice subcommittee and never moved forward the votes of the committee members are listed below hhs access subcommittee 1/24/12 civil justice subcommittee 1/31/12 pro anti pro pro anti nv pro pro anti anti anti nv anti anti pro anti anti anti pro nv pro anti anti pro anti pro anti anti anti anti member abruzzo joseph d-85 baxley dennis r-24 berman lori d-86 bernard mack d-84 bileca michael r-117 brodeur jason r-33 clarke-reed gwyndolen d-92 clemens jeff d-89 diaz jose felix r-115 eisnaugle eric r-40 gaetz matt r-4 hager bill r-87 harrison shawn r-60 horner mike r-79 kiar martin d-97 logan ana rivas r-114 metz larry r-25 oliva jose r-110 pafford mark d-88 passidomo kathleen c r-76 perman steven d-78 plakon scott r-37 roberson kenneth r-71 soto darren d-49 stargel kelli r-64 steinberg richard d-106 van zant charles r-21 weinstein michael r-19 young dana r-57

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sb 290 omnibus trap bill sb 290 was passed out of its first committee of reference towards the end of session the rules chair tried to pull the bill from its second committee of reference directly to the senate floor but planned parenthood successfully used a procedural vote to block the bill from being heard member alexander jd r-17 altman thad r-24 benacquisto lizbeth r-27 bennett michael r-21 bogdanoff ellyn setnor r-25 braynon oscar d-33 bullard larcenia d-39 dean charles r-3 detert nancy r-23 diaz de la portilla miguel r-36 dockery paula r-15 evers greg r-2 fasano mike r-11 flores anitere r-38 gaetz don r-4 garcia rene r-40 gardiner andy r-9 gibson audrey d-1 haridopolos miuke r-26 hays alan r-20 jones dennis r-13 joyner arthenia d-18 latvala jack r-16 lynn evelyn r-7 margolis gwen d-35 montford bill d-6 negron joe r-28 norman jim r-12 oelrich steve r-14 rich nan d-34 richter garrett r-37 ring jeremy d-32 sachs maria d-30 simmons david r-22 siplin gary d-19 smith christopher d-29 sobel eleanor d-31 storms ronda r-10 thrasher john r-8 wise stephen r-5 health reg committee 2/22/12 floor vote to withdraw bill from criminal justice committee 3/5/12 anti anti anti pro anti pro nv pro pro anti pro anti anti anti anti anti anti pro anti anti pro pro anti pro pro pro anti anti anti pro anti pro pro anti anti pro pro anti anti anti anti anti anti anti pro anti pro

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