Florida Congresswomen Call for an Antidote to Anti-Choice State Laws

On April 27, 2015, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida held a press conference calling for a veto of the state’s mandatory delay bill (SB 724/HB 633), which would impose a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking abortion care. Joined by former state senator Nan Rich, an activist from National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Dr. Karla Maguire of Physicians for Reproductive Health, Rep. Wasserman Schultz highlighted the Women’s Health Protection Act as the antidote to anti-choice state legislation like the Florida bill. Supporters from the local Planned Parenthood, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Center for Reproductive Rights were present to stand with the Congresswoman as she spoke.

 Rep. Wasserman Schultz speaks to the media.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz speaks to the media.

Adding to the drumbeat, on May 5, Rep. Lois Frankel hosted a press conference in West Palm Beach, joined by State Rep. Lori Berman and Mona Reis, founder and CEO of Presidential Women’s Center, to call on Gov. Rick Scott to veto the state’s mandatory delay bill. Frankel also urged support for the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prevent harmful regulations like forced waiting periods.