A Right to Choose...One Way or the Other

Three bills filed in the State House and State Senate are raising the concerns of women who want the right to choose when it comes to having a baby.

Courtney Cole, a women's rights activist from Kansas City, makes a speech at the "Justice for Daisy" rally in Maryville, Mo., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. The rally was organized on the Internet on behalf of Daisy Coleman, a girl who says she was sexually assaulted nearly two years ago when she was 14. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla Three bills filed in the State House and State Senate are raising the concerns of women who want the right to choose when it comes to having a baby.

Planned Parenthood brought more than a hundred women to the Capitol Monday to make their voices heard. But abortion foes were also at the Capitol with a much smaller presence

A hundred women wearing pink braved stormy weather to come to the Capitol over concerns their right to control their bodies might change this legislative session.

Three pending bills would restrict or ban abortions all-together, Laura Robinson of Planned Parenthood made the trip from Sarasota. "It's extremely important, that's why we're all here, we're all here to make sure that women's rights are protected.

Sarah Hutchinson from Catholics for Choice made it clear that Florida's Bishops, who want restrictions, don't speak for all Catholics. "We imagine a world where women and men are trusted to make moral decisions about their own lives each according to his or her own conscience."

A handful of Democratic legislators came to show support, no GOP members showed up. Representative Joe Saunders says his Republican colleagues are out of step.
"We keep seeing the same bills filed, we keep seeing the same bills move. The public is not where this building is when it comes to women's health care."

Here on the back side of the Capitol is the other side of the story. In the shadow of the State Supreme Court, which more than two decades ago called a fetus a specialized set of cells, a small group from Ft. Myers was collecting petitions to change the court decision. They want to give a fetus personhood status at conception.

Kathy Doan is with Personhood Amendment. "And we wish also that all the rights of all the females that are in fetus, that those will be protected so that they could choose."

None of the restrictive legislation is so far on the fast track and neither side is likely to claim victory in an election year.

The Personhood Amendment is new, has no signatures verified, and faces an uphill battle for the 2016 ballot.


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