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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...


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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Supporters of Planned Parenthood protest de-funding listen

02/28/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Protesters gathered Friday in front of Congressman Bill Young’s office in Seminole in support of Planned Parenthood. The protest was in response to Young’s vote to de-fund the organization.

President Obama requested $327 million in Title X money, a budget that funds agencies supporting sex education and women's healthcare. Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides affordable healthcare to both men and women has long been a recipient of that money. Supporters of de-funding Ti...


Alan Grayson in danger of losing his seat in Congress to Daniel Webster says analyst listen

10/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday we brought you our interview with progressive member of Congress from Orlando, Alan Grayson. His Republican opponent, Daniel Webster has declined our requests for an interview. Three others are running as well.

Today, we hear about that race from Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida.

"Well, Allen Grayson is a very liberal, ...


Planned Parenthood pleased Crist vetos ultrasound and abortion bill listen

06/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a controversial bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to pay for an ultrasound.

On Twitter, the state’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said “I commend the veto of 1143, the ultrasound bill - Governor Crist did the right thing.” U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek, State Senator Dan Gelber, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida also applauded Crist’s veto.

Barbara Zdravecky is the CEO and President of Planned Par...

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Senator Bill Nelson predicts health care reform bill will pass this month listen

01/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning, Florida’s senior Senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, predicted that the House and Senate will be able to combine their versions of the major health care reform bill and that it will be signed by President Barack Obama in the next few weeks.

Nelson says that neither a severe abortion restriction nor a proposed public health insurance option that were included in the House version are likely to make it into the final version of the bill.


Women's Show-ARNE ARNESON on Abortion listen

01/24/09 Mary Glennie
From A Woman's Point of View

An interview with Arne Arneson on abortion rights

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Mobile abortion billboard goes through Tampa listen

10/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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If you were driving in downtown Tampa at midday today, you might have seen a billboard truck with graphic depictions of abortions.

The mobile billboards are an initiative from Southern California-based pro life group the Center for Bio Ethical Reform.

Mark Harrington, executive director of that group, described what motorists who encounter his truck would see.

The trucks will go through Bradenton and Sarasota early next week, before going south, and ending in West Palm Beach on Oct. ...

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