Rick Scott recently passed new legislation restricting our abortion and reproductive healthcare rights even further. HB 1411 affects all clinics that provide or associated with any other clinic that provides abortion services and also receives federal funding, including Medicaid. The bill imposes new requirements on clinics, including admitting privileges, reporting requirements, and licensing fees, and creates criminal offenses around the disposal and donation of fetal remains. The bill also removes all federal money from clinics that provide abortion services and redefines “trimester.” It is designed to target and shut down abortion providers. For more information about the bill, visit:https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/1411.
The legislature points us to a list of federally qualified health centers as alternatives once the bill goes into effect July 1, 2016 and the clinics start shutting down. These alternatives include dental offices, elementary schools, high schools, and other locations that do not provide reproductive healthcare services and are insufficient alternatives to Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics. For the full list of alternatives, visit:http://www.fachc.org/resources-find-health-center.php.
This is unacceptable.
As a result, we (National Women's Liberation-Gainesville Chapter) has initiated a social media campaign to demonstrate how these federally qualified centers are #notmyclinic because they do not provide sufficient services compared to the women's health clinics, e.g. Planned Parenthood, which are being shut down due to impossible restrictions.
If you want to get involved in the campaign, visit our Not My Clinic Facebook page for details, instructions, and examples. Below is an example of my video: