Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1036 By Senator Berman 31-01101A-22 20221036__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to reproductive health care rights; 3 creating s. 381.00515, F.S.; providing a short title; 4 providing a legislative finding; providing that each 5 person has certain fundamental rights related to 6 reproductive health care; prohibiting a person, the 7 state, a local governmental entity, or any political 8 subdivision of the state from discriminating against, 9 denying, unduly burdening, or interfering with a 10 person’s exercise of such fundamental rights; 11 providing for a civil cause of action and remedies; 12 providing that the recovery limits of sovereign 13 immunity apply; providing an effective date. 14 15 WHEREAS, comprehensive reproductive health care, including 16 contraception and abortion, is a fundamental component of a 17 woman’s health, privacy, and equality, and 18 WHEREAS, section 23, Article I of the State Constitution 19 and the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution 20 protect a woman’s fundamental right to access a safe, legal 21 abortion, and the courts have repeatedly reaffirmed this right 22 and further emphasized that states may not place undue burdens 23 on women seeking to access such right, and 24 WHEREAS, as with other medical procedures, the safety of 25 abortion is furthered by evidence-based practices developed and 26 supported by medical professionals, with abortion being one of 27 the safest medical procedures performed in the United States, 28 and 29 WHEREAS, the goal of health care regulation should be to 30 improve the quality and availability of health care services, 31 and 32 WHEREAS, it is the public policy of this state that every 33 person possesses the fundamental rights of privacy and equality 34 with respect to his or her personal reproductive decisions and 35 he or she should be able to safely effectuate those decisions, 36 including seeking and obtaining abortion care, free from 37 discrimination, and 38 WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Legislature to prevent the 39 enforcement of laws or regulations that are not in furtherance 40 of a legitimate state interest in protecting a woman’s health 41 and that place burdens on the woman’s right to access a safe, 42 legal abortion, NOW, THEREFORE, 43 44 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 45 46 Section 1. Section 381.00515, Florida Statutes, is created 47 to read: 48 381.00515 Reproductive health care protections; civil 49 remedies.— 50 (1) This section may be cited as the “Reproductive Health 51 Care Protections Act.” 52 (2) The Legislature finds that comprehensive reproductive 53 health care is a fundamental component of every person’s health, 54 privacy, and equality. 55 (3) Each person has the fundamental rights to choose or 56 refuse contraception or sterilization and to choose to carry a 57 pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an 58 abortion in accordance with chapter 390. 59 (4) A person, the state, a local governmental entity, or 60 any political subdivision of the state may not discriminate 61 against, deny, unduly burden, or interfere with any person’s 62 exercise of the fundamental rights provided under this section 63 or the State Constitution in the regulation or provision of 64 benefits, facilities, services, or information. 65 (5) A person whose rights have been impaired or deprived in 66 violation of this section may file an action in circuit court 67 for injunctive or other equitable relief and is entitled to 68 recover damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs. The 69 total amount of recovery against the state, a local governmental 70 entity, or any other political subdivision of the state may not 71 exceed the limitations set forth in s. 768.28(5). 72 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.