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    Florida Amendment 6 Causes Controversy

    Florida Amendment 6, also referred to as the Florida Abortion Amendment, is getting people on both sides of the issue to speak out. Last week members of the National Association for Women at UCF, Voices for Planned Parenthood and the Young Democrats at UCF joined forces on campus to both encourage women to vote in this years election and choose no on Florida Amendment 6.

    The President of the Young Democrats at UCF, Aubrey Marks, said the language of the amendment is convoluted and might confuse voters if they are not educated on the actual meaning.

    “The wording is very, very tricky so, we want to make sure people are educated about what this amendment really does and not what it looks like on paper,” said Marks.

    According to supporters the amendment has two main goals:

    1.Solidifying Florida as a state where abortions will never be publicly funded regardless of changes to Federal law

    2. Requiring minors have a parent or legal guardian sign a consent form before being eligible for an abortion

    There are exceptions to the use of public funds for abortions in cases of:

    - Rape or incest
    - “An expenditure required by federal law”
    - If a woman is suffering from physical disorder or physical illness including a life-endangering physical condition
    - Any risk of immediate death because of the pregnancy

    People who stand against the amendment think the stipulations are wrong.

    Jenna Tosh the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando brought up the amendment at a rally for women’s rights last week.

    "Amendment 6 would take away health coverage that public employees like teachers, nurses, and firefighters have today. It is deeply flawed and allows politicians to put a woman’s health in danger," Tosh said.

    The second goal of the amendment is to require minors who want an abortion to obtain a parent or legal guardian signature instead of just needing anyone over 18 to sign.

    Currently in Florida, parents are required by law to be notified if their child has an abortion but not until after the procedure has taken place.

    Deborah Stafford Shearer, Director of Advocacy and Justice for the Diocese of Orlando and a leader in the Yes on Six campaign, thinks it is time that parents are put back in control of their children’s medical decisions.

    “Right now in school children have to have a parent signature to take an asprin, it only makes sense to have them be in charge of a decision like this,” said Stafford-Shearer.

    Both campaigns will be holding support events until the election in November.

    Kayla O'Brien
    Orlando, FL
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