Abortion Rights and Legalized Marijuana Will Get Out the Vote in Florida

In a 4-3 ruling, the Florida State Supreme Court issued rulings on Monday that allows “voters to decide whether to protect abortion rights and legalize recreational use of marijuana, rejecting the state attorney general’s arguments that the measures should be kept off the November ballot.”

The proposed amendment says “no law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s healthcare provider.” It provides for one exception that is already in the state constitution: Parents must be notified before their minor children can get an abortion. The amendment will require 60 percent to pass and become law.  GET OUT THE VOTED, Florida!

Associated Press:

The court did not rule “on the merits of the measures, but only whether they meet the requirements for clarity and don’t violate the state constitution’s mandate that they only cover one subject.

The court’s ruling came the same day it upheld the state’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. State lawmakers had tightened the ban to six weeks while the issue was still in court. Monday’s ruling, therefore, likely paves the way for the six-week ban to go into effect.”

Sound confusing? It is. Florida’s highest court upheld the state’s 15 week abortion ban but Gov. DeFascist and the GOP fascist controlled state legislature passed a six-week ban that will go into effect soon. Now, it’s up to voters to decide to protect reproductive rights and freedom. Ironically, The four male justices constituted the majority while the three women opposed allowing the measure to proceed.

As we have seen with most states that have had reproductive rights and freedom on the ballot, people show up to the polls and vote in larger numbers resulting in protecting a woman’s right to choose.

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