Abortion amendment foes raise more than $2.4 million

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A group helping lead opposition to Amendment 6 on Florida’s November ballot has raised more than $2.4 million since May, with about half of the money coming from Planned Parenthood groups across the country, campaign-finance records via the News Service of Florida show.

The group, known as “Vote No on 6,” reported raising $2,455,430 through Sept. 28 and spending $2,311,353, with about $2 million going to a Virginia-based media firm for television advertising. The group is fighting an amendment that the Republican-controlled Legislature put on the November ballot to address abortion issues.

Perhaps the most-far reaching part of the amendment would say that the Florida Constitution can’t be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those that exist in the U.S. Constitution. The state constitution has a right to privacy that led to a landmark 1989 court ruling that blocked a law requiring parental consent before minor girls could receive abortions. Amendment 6 also would prohibit public spending on abortions, unless required by federal law or in certain exceptions, such as rape or incest.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.