WUFT News

Fight over Amendment 6 traces roots 20 years back

By on October 30th, 2012

By Ashley Lopez – WLRN

One of America’s most contested issues has a place on the ballot in Florida on Election Day.

Amendment 6 seeks to prohibit public funding for abortions in Florida, and some women’s rights activists argue the amendment jeopardizes a state constitution-guaranteed right to privacy.

Doris Rosen of Pasco County became involved in the abortion debate 20 years ago when then-Gov. Bob Martinez asked the state legislature to draft laws restricting access to abortion.

“That was the first march that I ever participated in,” Rosen said. “We had buses. We marched on Tallahassee. I remember walking down Apalachee Parkway to the Capitol.”

In 1989, the state Supreme Court cited privacy provisions in the Florida Constitution to strike down a law requiring minors to get parental consent before having abortions. The provisions had been added to the constitution about 10 years before.

The court decision happened shortly before Martinez’s anti-abortion legislative sessions were due to meet.

“That was my first march, and there were over 10,000 women and men marching to leave that right to privacy alone in the Florida Constitution — and it remained,” Rosen said.

Since that time, anti-abortion activists have taken issue with Florida’s right to privacy, arguing that the right goes beyond the U.S. Constitution.

“We are very concerned about the rights of parents and the parents’ rights to be involved a children’s decision to have an abortion was taken away,” said Sheila Hopkins, spokeswoman for the Florida Catholic Conference in Tallahassee.

She said the group is concerned that parents must give children permission to go on field trips and take medications but have no control over children having abortions.

“So, we are trying to right a wrong as we see it,” said Hopkins, who advocates for Amendment 6, hoping it will open doors for more anti-abortion legislation.

Other supporters of the amendment include Florida Right to Life and the Archdioceses of Miami and St. Petersburg.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Planned Parenthood are campaigning against the amendment.

Rosen said she is disappointed that she’s still fighting the same battle over privacy rights two decades later.

She’s no longer fighting only for her daughter but for her granddaughter, she said.

Katherine Hahn wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Florida, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Flooding in front of a home on Sugar Hill Road in Steinhatchee, Fla.

Flooding Forces Dixie County Residents From Homes

Dixie County residents are being pushed out of their homes as flood waters rise after a deluge of rain in the past 24 hours. About 45 homes and 30 roads have been affected throughout the county. Emergency responders said they rescued seven people so far including a family of five, one elderly woman in her car and one man.


Florida Gun Supply

CAIR Florida Files Lawsuit Against “Muslim-Free” Gun Store

Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit against Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Fla. after Andy Hallinan, the owner, declared his store a “Muslim-Free Zone.” Activists question what this policy implicates for all individuals who can be culturally profiled as Muslims in Florida.


CAPTION

Florida Leads Country In Boating Accidents, Deaths

Florida had 577 boating accidents in 2014 and 67 boating deaths, leading the country in both categories. With the large number of boats registered in Florida, some people advocate for stricter boating laws.


Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville is one of the few breweries located in North Central Florida. The tasting room allows customers to try the different craft beers the brewery has to offer.

Craft Beer Scene In North Central Florida Booms

The number of craft beer breweries in the state of Florida is rising. The state’s tourism industry is helping to increase the popularity of craft beer.


John Peterson, 23, owner of World Honey Market, pulls a frame of
bees out of a hive body to check on honey production. He said he produced close to 
30,000 lbs. of honey in 2013, but only produced half of that in 2014, which he 
attributed to a shortage of nectar in the area.

Florida Bee Populations Growing, Not Necessarily Thriving

While bee populations in Florida show some growth, some factors still keep them from flourishing. Land loss, overcrowding and herbicides pose problems for the bees and the beekeepers.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments