FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2023
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Floridians Protecting Freedom Gathers Nearly Half A Million Petitions and More than $5 Million in Just Over Two Months
Grassroots energy bolsters bid for ballot measure on abortion access
SARASOTA, Fla. – Floridians Protecting Freedom (FPF), the committee working to put abortion access on the ballot in 2024, has collected 484,305 petitions in the two months since the campaign launched. Of that number, a remarkable 88,095 were collected by volunteers or mailed directly to the campaign by Florida voters. In the past two weeks alone, FPF has collected more than 150,000 petitions. And since the launch of the campaign, the committee has raised $5.7 million.
“Grassroots momentum and enthusiasm for this effort continue to grow,” said Moné Holder, Chair of Floridians Protecting Freedom. “Floridians recognize the threat abortion bans pose to their freedom, and it’s clear they are ready to fight back against government interference in private health care decisions.”
The ballot initiative campaign comes at a critical 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 ruling on that ban will determine the implementation of the six-week ban passed this year. Floridians have been forced to travel out-of-state for essential reproductive health care and to delay necessary medical care because of unclear laws. Abortion bans deny people the freedom to decide what is best for their own bodies and futures.
“Throughout Florida, people are connecting with their neighbors, family, and friends who recognize that the government does not belong in our health care decisions. Our campaign is strong, but this movement is even stronger,” said Lauren Brenzel, FPF Campaign Director.