Floricua: Sabrina Bousbar: Florida women are waking up with fewer rights today

Sabrina Bousbar, who is running for Congress in November against Republican incumbent Anna Paulina Luna, calls Florida’s 6-week abortion ban “a continued assault on access to vital healthcare.”

As a young Latina, I relied on organizations like Planned Parenthood as my healthcare option for annual exams and oral contraceptives to ease excruciating menstrual cramping. Without their non-judgmental, low-cost services, I wouldn’t have had access to this essential care. Similarly, it is often the only affordable option for basic reproductive healthcare like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing for so many. I remain grateful for Planned Parenthood as they provide important education and empower patients to take control of their reproductive health.

That is a big reason why I find the continued assault on access to vital healthcare all the more disturbing. This week, Florida’s new six-week abortion ban goes into effect – restricting access to reproductive care for millions of women. The law is cruel by design and biologically nonsensical, falling within a timetable before many women even realize they are pregnant.

From the Panhandle to the Keys, healthcare providers note that Florida has served as a lifeline for women beyond the state line. The extreme law creates a health crisis for not only those in Florida but women across the Southeast as nearly every state in the region has banned or restricted abortion following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in 2022.

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