Reproductive rights activists oppose 20-week abortion ban / Public Information Service

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – One of many controversial anti-abortion bills from the Florida legislature this year would ban 20-week abortions.

As lawmakers tried to exclude testimony on The law project this week, abortion rights advocates, including the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, created a virtual testimonial event called “mics on, bans off” for women to tell their stories about their abortions later in the day. pregnancy.

Hadleigh Tweedall of Tennessee lost her daughter at 18 1/2 weeks due to fetal abnormalities.

A similar law forced her out of state to have an abortion after her doctors warned her of the risks of carrying it to term.

“If she dies and your body does not react, there is a fairly significant risk of bleeding, infections, you know all the complications that could go wrong with your body without knowing that a baby is no longer living there. ‘inside of you,’ explained Tweedall.

Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, and Representative Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, said they have an obligation to the unborn child. Abortion rights advocates countered that it is important to hear from people who have lived these experiences and argued that banning abortion during a pandemic is wrong.

Tweedall said her family were very fortunate to have been able to get early, non-invasive blood tests which alerted them to abnormalities in their unborn daughter.

“Most women don’t have their high-risk ultrasound for 20-23 weeks,” Tweedall observed. “You know, you have your first heart rate recognition and your next ultrasound with your doctor is around 20 to 23 weeks away.”

Planned Parenthood has pointed out that medical groups such as the US Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose the 20-week abortion ban, saying the proposals “are not based on solid science and attempt to prescribe how physicians must take care of their patients “.

The various bills will be heard in committee during committee weeks, then a full debate is scheduled during the legislative session, which begins in March.

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