Planned Parenthood addresses challenges caused by Florida’s six-week abortion ban

Roe vs. Wade rally in St. Petersburg. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News. 22 Jan 2016.


Planned Parenthood Addresses Florida’s Six-Week Abortion Ban

Kerilyn Kwiatkowski 

One of the major women’s health providers in the region is speaking out against Florida’s new ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

In a press conference Wednesday at Sarasota Health Center, Planned Parenthood highlighted the impact of the ban on healthcare access.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida has halted abortion services beyond six weeks, a crucial period when many women are unaware of pregnancy. Barbara Zdravecky, interim CEO, voiced concerns about politicians intruding on women’s health decisions, stating, “Politicians who are not qualified to make medical decisions have taken away that ability of women to control their lives in their own decisions.”

Dr. Robyn Schickler, Chief Medical Officer, echoed these sentiments, expressing the challenges physicians face. “Exceptions to these bans are not sufficient. It puts doctors like me in a place of interpreting laws when we’ve had medical training. It’s so hard to know what these bans mean as a physician, what we can and can’t do.”

Dawnyelle Singleton, Manager of Volunteers and Community Programs stressed the urgent need to protect abortion access. “The recent abortion ban has left countless Floridians feeling scared, confused, and frustrated, forcing many to travel across the country to access abortion care. We’ve already seen the devastating impact of the 15-week ban, highlighting the urgent need to protect abortion rights.”

As the debate over reproductive rights rages on, their call to action is clear: support Amendment Four to ensure power remains with the people.


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