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On the 51st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, the Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement:

“Reproductive rights in Florida have never been in more danger than they are today,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. 

“Since Donald Trump laid the groundwork for a national ban, stacking the Supreme Court with three lifetime appointments to overturn Roe v. Wade, Ron and Florida Republicans have passed ban after ban, one more extreme and unpopular than the other. Today we are faced with some of the most dangerous and restrictive abortion bans in the country.”

“But it’s not just Ron and Don who are coming after reproductive rights. Rick Scott has one of the most extreme records among Republicans. In the Senate, Scott cosponsored a national abortion ban, said he would sign Florida’s dangerous six week ban into law if he was governor and instituted the 24-hour waiting period for women before they could obtain an abortion.

“As Republicans push to restrict abortion nationwide, Democratic leaders, legislators and Florida voters are the last line of defense for reproductive rights in the South. In 2024, it’s not just access to safe, legal abortion that’s on the line – it’s access to emergency medical care, medication abortion and contraception for the millions of women who depend on it each year. 

“So today, on what should have been the 51st anniversary of landmark legislation that advanced women’s rights a generation ago, Florida Democrats vow to take back the rights and freedoms stripped away by the GOP. In November, we will defend reproductive rights in Florida from Trump, Scott, and Republicans’ attacks and send President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris back to the White House to restore rights and freedoms for all.”

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