For Immediate Release
NARAL Pro-Choice America Applauds Pro-Choice Victory for Florida Women
Bowing to pressure from pro-choice state lawmakers and voters, Crist vetoes divisive legislation
WASHINGTON - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called Gov.
Charlie Crist's veto of an anti-choice bill a victory for Florida
In late April, extremist anti-choice Florida legislators amended
H.B.1143, which previously had no relevance to reproductive rights, to
insert dangerous attacks on women's right to privacy. The bill contains
an abortion-coverage ban and a mandatory-ultrasound requirement. Crist
vetoed the bill today.
"Gov. Charlie Crist did the right thing by listening to the
pro-choice majority in Florida and vetoing this anti-choice bill that
the state legislature rammed through at the last minute," Keenan said.
"Floridians, like most Americans, are tired of lawmakers using women's
reproductive health as a bargaining chip. It's time for politicians to
stop interfering in the doctor-patient relationship."
NARAL Pro-Choice America mobilized activists in Florida, sending
more than 1,200 messages to Gov. Crist urging him to veto this
unprecedented anti-choice legislation.
Keenan offered a special word of thanks to Rep. Kendrick Meek, who
called on Crist to reject the anti-choice bill and organized his
supporters to pressure the governor to veto the bill. "We need more
elected officials like Rep. Meek, who consistently do the right thing
when it comes to women's health. We know he'll take that commitment to
If enacted, the Florida bill would have undermined women's health and privacy in the following ways:
- It would have prohibited insurers from offering comprehensive
coverage that includes abortion to most customers in the new
health-insurance exchange. It would not have even had an adequate
exception for cases in which the woman's health is endangered.
- It would have forced women to undergo an ultrasound before receiving abortion care, even when it is not medically necessary.
- It would have required the provider to describe the ultrasound images to the woman even if she asked not to view them.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."