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Minority Office — Press Release


March 7, 2023

CONTACT: Jossie Barroso, (850) 487-5611

STATEMENT: Florida Democratic Caucus Leader Lauren Book Responds to 6-Week Abortion Ban Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL – In response to a 6-week abortion ban bill filed in the House and Senate, Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book (D-Plantation) offered the following statement:

“Today, Florida Republicans have gone scorched earth with what is effectively an all-out abortion ban – with threats to criminalize women and their doctors. The health, freedom, and dignity of women, girls, doctors, mothers, and yes — even sexual assault survivors — is about to be stolen, and no over-simplified carve out included to appease Republicans’ guilty consciences is enough to save us. 

Today, women who suffer miscarriages are sent home to get sicker and risk death before they can receive medical care. Today, child victims of incest are forced to flee the state as medical refugees to get care. And with this bill, it will only get worse.

This is it. They have come. And if it’s a war they want, it’s a war they will get. This issue bridges the partisan divide, and we will not go down as easily as they believe. On behalf of my daughter, all women and girls in our state, that’s a promise.”