Excluding Women from the Florida Constitution



Presentation by Toni Van Pelt, Public Policy Director of the Institute for Science and Human Values and Southeast Regional Director for the National Organization for Women



Article 1 section 23 of the Florida Constitution states that "Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person's private life." Why does the Florida legislature want to remove women from this very critical right?


As HJR 1179 made its way through the state Legislature this session, the bill was presented as a way to restrict public funding of abortion which is already illegal and has been for three decades. The bill morphed into Amendment 6 on the 2012 ballot titled "Florida Abortion". But one of the underplayed consequences is that it would also roll back a constitutional privacy right in the Florida Constitution, which currently provides more protection for women than the U.S. Constitution does.


Just as important to know about is the Florida legislative 2012 ballot initiative: Florida Religious Freedom, Amendment 8. Find out what you can do to help educate Floridians on the dangers of this amendment to our civil society. The proposed measure would prevent individuals from being barred from participating in public programs if they choose to use public funds at a religious provider.


Date: Saturday, June 25, 11:00am


Sponsor: Highlands County Democratic Women's Club


Location: Democratic Headquarters, 4216 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL Phone: 863-385-8601





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