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Florida House abortion bill cleared last week could block new Planned Parenthood locations listen

03/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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update: this bill was blocked in the Senate Monday

Last week members of the Florida House easily passed a piece of legislation seen by opponents as a clean up anti-abortion bill. It includes many provisions that were either failed or left on the table during last year’s legislative session. Among them is language that would require abortion clinics to be owned and operated by a physician with abortion-specific training. Wendy Sears-Grassi, director of public affairs for local Planne...

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The Komen-Planned Parenthood Controversy

02/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. The AP is reporting that: " Supporters are rallying around Planned Parenthood after renowned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to cut breast screening grants to the reproductive health organization. Besides $400,000 in smaller donations from 6,000 people, Planned Parenthood is receiving $250,000 from a family foundation in Dallas and a $250,000 pledge announced Thursday by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to match fut...

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Anti-choice group releases study condemning Planned Parenthood; organization rebuts listen

07/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As lawmakers try to tackle the federal debt before it hits its limit, conservatives often push for defunding of Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that provides reproductive health care. An anti-abortion rights group issued a scathing report about Planned Parenthood that urges Congress to investi...

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NOW President Terry O'Neill; Open Phones To Discuss President Obama's Speech About Afghanistan

06/23/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming uu we'll have open phones to discuss President Obama's speech last night about a partial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. First, three listener comments about yesterday's interview about the pending cut in state worker's pay. Then we'll hear from the president of the National Organization for Women terry O'Neill. NOW is holding it's nationwide convention in Tampa this week. One of the topics to be covered at the convention is...

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Open phones to discuss results of 2011 Legislative session

05/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll open the phone lines and get your comments about the state legislative session which ended early in the morning this past Saturday.

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State Legislature moves to restrict abortion rights in Florida

04/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Several measures that would limit access to abortions are making their way through the state legislature. Here to talk about the bills is Barbara A. Zdravecky, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

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In Tampa, pro-choice activists rally against Tallahassee anti-abortion legislation listen

04/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Usually when you see people picketing outside Planned Parenthood, they’re protesting against abortion rights. Today the demonstrators were the organization’s supporters, and they were rallying in Tampa against six measures in the state legislature that target a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy.

Tampa resident Farah Stokes was in high school during the sixties, a time before Roe v. Wade. She said some of her classmates had their youth cu...

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Florida House passes several bills placing more restrictions on abortions listen

04/27/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida House has passed three abortion related bills and is continuing debate on several others. On mostly party-line votes, the Republican-dominated House passed a bill that would make it more difficult for a minor to get a judge’s permission to get an abortion without notifying her parents.

The House also overwhelmingly passed a bill that would forbid health care plans created through the federal health care reform law from offering coverage for abortions. It doesn’t affect fed...

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Audio: Florida Democrat chastised for saying "uterus" on House floor listen

04/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Whether it’s busting unions, requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, or drug-testing welfare recipients, these days, GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee have been offending a lot of people. But last week, it was a Democrat in the state house who made waves. After a lengthy debate over a bill affecting public employee unions, House Speaker Dean Cannon raised a stink over an anatomic reference that Orlando Representative Scott Randolph had made.

Cannon issued a statement warning his co...

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The ACLU perspective on legislation being considered in Tallahassee

03/16/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about the ongoing state legislative session from the perspective of the American Civil Liberties Union. (later we'll open the phone lines.) Our guest is Danielle Prendergast, PhD who is the Director of Public Policy for the ACLU of Florida. We'll look at reproductive rights, privacy, the proposals to direct tax dollars to public schools and other legislation affecting the Bill of Rights.

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