Representative Anna V. Eskamani’s Statement on the Passage of SB404
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2020
Florida House & Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Legislation, Forcing Minors to Seek Parental Consent to End a Pregnancy
Tallahassee, FL — Today on a vote of 75–43 the Florida House passed SB404, legislation that puts into place forced parental consent for minors who wish to end their pregnancy. Below is Representative Anna V. Eskamani’s statement in response.
“I am disappointed but not surprised with today’s passing of SB404, and remain forever committed to fighting for abortion access in the State of Florida and across the country. It’s critically important that we honor and respect young people to make their own personal medical decisions, and I urge my colleagues to focus on prevention of unplanned pregnancies versus politically motivated legislation that is ultimately designed to ban abortion. SB404 is dangerous, likely unconstitutional, and a trojan horse to ban abortion statewide. I urge Governor Ron DeSantis to veto this bill.”
You can read an initial draft of Representative Eskamani’s full debate remarks at this link and watch her remarks on the Florida Channel.