I know, I know, we usually have brand new content every day. But Amendment 6 is so important for Florida’s families that we wanted to bring it to your attention again. We’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new sexual health topic! -e
In this bitterly fought election season, you may have not heard about the dangers of Amendment 6, a ballot initiative that Florida voters will see in November at the end of a very long ballot, perhaps as long as 5-10 pages.
Simply put, Amendment 6 is a flawed and poorly written initiative that could allow Tallahassee politicians to interfere with a woman’s personal health care decisions, decisions that should be made by a woman, her doctor, and her family. Women should be trusted and respected to protect their own health, but Amendment 6 makes no exceptions for a woman’s health. This flawed amendment could deny women access to insurance plans that cover care they count on and you know as I do that it is not for politicians to decide the best health insurance coverage for women.
Here is just one real story that demonstrates the impact of Amendment 6. Three years ago, Fran and her husband received the news no expectant mother wants to hear – that their genetic testing came back showing a severe fetal abnormality. Their genetic counselor told them there was no hope for the survival of the fetus and suggested they immediately end the pregnancy. Amendment 6 doesn’t take Fran’s situation into account at all. If passed, Amendment 6 would allow politicians to interfere in this personal medical decision best made by Fran, her doctor and her family and as a state employee, Fran would not be allowed to use her health insurance benefits when making this difficult decision.
There are women like Fran in every community and neighborhood throughout the state – some of them may be women you know. We have to ask why our lawmakers are so focused on placing these kinds of amendments on the ballot at a time when working families are struggling just to make ends meet.