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Senator Stewart, District 13 — Press Release


May 24, 2019

CONTACT: Dana Rutledge, 407-893-2422

Senator Linda Stewart to File Legislation Countering Violations of Women's Constitutional Right to Privacy

Orlando Democrat Seeks State Financial Sanctions to Target Rogue State Actions


TALLAHASSEE – As an emboldened ultra-conservative right wing continues its push across the country for passage of legislation aimed at overturning a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, state Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) on Friday announced plans of her own to counter the anti-choice threats.


“We may not be able to stop bad legislation from becoming law in states like Alabama, but we can send a clear and unmistakable message that we do not support these attacks on women’s rights,” said Senator Stewart. “Just as the state of Florida responded to human rights violations around the world by imposing financial sanctions against rogue regimes, so, too, can we use the power of the purse to safeguard women’s constitutional rights from attacks by rogue states at home.”


The legislation was announced shortly after news stories appeared outlining plans by state Representative Mike Hill, a Republican from Pensacola, to re-file a bill duplicating Alabama’s sweeping anti-choice measure. The highly controversial Alabama bill, scheduled to go into effect by the end of the year, is the most restrictive among the wave of anti-choice bills recently passed in several states. The measure bans abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks. It allows for rare exceptions if the mother’s life is in danger, and excludes cases of rape or incest. Doctors performing the procedure risk felony charges and prison sentences up to life imprisonment.


Senator Stewart’s bill would prohibit the State of Florida from entering into any contract with any entity, corporation or association that is domiciled in any state that has enacted legislation in violation of, or in any way, violates the US Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade.  In addition, the legislation would require that all such contracts already in existence be immediately terminated. The legislation is being readied for the 2020 legislative session, which will begin in January.


“The State of Florida should not and cannot violate the legal right to choose that is now and has been the law of the land,” said Senator Stewart. “And we should not be encouraging illegal legislation that violates it, either.”