Senate Democratic women denounce government encroachment into personal freedom

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Led by Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich (D-Weston), united female members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Thursday denounced Republican attempts to force government into the personal lives of women throughout Florida. ?ur government exists to protect our safety, our liberties, and our freedoms,?said Sen. Rich. ?t has no business peeking into our doctor? offices or our private business to control our right to choose.? Joining Sen. Rich in opposition were Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tem Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa), Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood), Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) and Sen. Maria Sachs (D-Delray). ?hese measures are directly aimed at chiseling away at rights women are not only due, but legally protected by the nation? highest court,?said Sen. Sachs. ?hey neither address the critical issues of our times, especially our high unemployment, nor do they create a single job. It? a case of since we can? fix the economy, we?l divert your attention by meddling in your private affairs.? At issue is the current onslaught of anti-choice legislation backed by conservative Republicans currently awaiting legislative action in the Senate. Many of the measures ?from forcing women to pay for and view or have described to them, ultrasounds in the first trimester, to forbidding women access to private health insurance policies which include abortion coverage ?directly interject government bureaucrats into personal decisions and private lives. ?t? disheartening that the same energy Republicans dedicated to advancing a narrow ideological agenda wasn? harnessed for a broader one targeting the devastating economic problems facing Florida,?said Sen. Rich. ?hey?e offered 18 anti-choice bills to control our lives, but not a single job-producing bill guaranteed to better them.?]>

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