Florida SDS chapters plan protest against state's proposed 15-week abortion ban

The chapters will “demand that our government defend reproductive and women’s rights and the right to bodily autonomy.”

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Three Florida chapters of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) are set to protest against a newly-introduced bill that bans most abortions after 15 weeks.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, SDS chapters from Florida State University, the University of North Florida and the University of South Florida will protest at the State Capitol to oppose House Bill (HB 5) , which was passed by the Professions and Public Health Subcommittee earlier this week.

The protest is set to meet at 400 S Monroe St. in Tallahassee at 3:30 p.m.

The chapters will “demand that our government defend reproductive and women’s rights and the right to bodily autonomy.”

“We are protesting to defend women’s rights as well as reproductive rights for all,” Taylor Cook, member of Tampa Bay SDS, said. “SDS chapters in Texas also protested at their state capitol in Austin to demand an end to their proposed abortion bans, Senate Bill 8 and HB 15. We are following in suit in hopes to strike down these restrictions on bodily autonomy in our own state of Florida.”

According to organizers, this date was selected because the Health Care Appropriations committee will meet that day to discuss and vote on the bill and, if voted in favor, it will proceed to the next steps.

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