FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2023
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Floridians Protecting Freedom petition, fundraising numbers surging as campaign eyes 2024 ballot
TALLAHASSEE – Constitution Day, this Sunday, September 17, comes just four months after Floridians Protecting Freedom, the committee working to put abortion access on the ballot in 2024, launched our campaign.
The campaign now has enough petitions verified with the state of Florida to qualify for Supreme Court review. As of September 14, the state has validated 297,974 of the petitions submitted to the state. And grassroots fundraising continues to propel the campaign, with $8.8 million dollars raised from nearly 2,500 donors.
“Floridians want the freedom to make personal health care decisions without interference from politicians,” said Lauren Brenzel, Campaign Director for Floridians Protecting Freedom. “The broad support we are seeing is a direct backlash to the near-total ban on abortion passed earlier this year by out-of-step politicians.”
The ballot initiative campaign comes at a pivotal time for abortion access in Florida and across the country. In the year since the Dobbs decision, abortion bans have eliminated or significantly restricted access to abortion in 20 states – including Florida, where a ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy took effect in July 2022. A Florida Supreme Court ruling on that ban could come at any time, and potentially trigger implementation of the six-week, near-total ban passed this year.
“The observation of Constitution Day this September 17th serves as a potent reminder of the need for Florida voters to take back their power to control what should be private decisions about their own bodies and futures,” Brenzel said. “We have no doubt Floridians will send an unmistakable message when given the opportunity to protect their freedom next fall by passing this critically needed amendment.”
Floridians Protecting Freedom is a citizen-led ballot initiative campaign to give Florida voters the chance to ensure the government doesn’t interfere in Floridians’ personal medical decisions. Learn more about the coalition and its work at: https://floridiansprotectingfreedom.com/