MIAMI – Progress Florida, in partnership with For Florida’s Future, is calling out Florida’s absentee senator, Marco Rubio, with a petition targeted at his offensive comments that women in Florida who may become infected with Zika should be banned from making their own healthcare decisions. Rubio continues to stand with Donald Trump as both continue to support government intrusion into decisions that should be made between a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith.
“The experience of having an abortion should always be safe, legal, and respectful of a woman’s decision,” says the petition to Rubio which Progress Florida and progressive partners will be distributing to tens of thousands of Floridians, “It is not your place to decide for someone else whether she should become a parent.”
There are now more than 3,800 cases of Zika in the United States and Florida is on the front lines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now more than 1,600 pregnant women in the United States and territories, including 103 pregnant Floridians who have tested positive for the Zika virus. Sen. Rubio has stated that a pregnant woman infected with Zika shouldn’t have the right to an abortion, even if doctors confirm that the child would be born with a severe brain defect.
Rubio has a long history of fighting against a woman’s right to make their own health care decisions, a sentiment he shares with his party’s nominee, Donald Trump. For too long, Florida policymakers have enacted obstacle after obstacle to prevent women from exercising their reproductive rights. Whether it’s arbitrarily contrived waiting periods, burdensome requirements on abortion clinics, patients and their doctors, or efforts to defund organizations such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortion care, enough is enough. These restrictions are medically unnecessary and designed only to restrict access to abortion care and shame women. Rubio and Florida’s other anti-abortion politicians are out of sync with the American public, who believe that women facing a Zika diagnosis should have access to all options – including abortion.