Their Governor and Republican lawmakers just passed a 6 weeks restrictive Abortion ban…
The State Florida Supreme Court has to decide if the DeSantis restrictions will go into effect against the curret 15 week limit ….
Getting past the Republican politicans is NOT gonna be easy down there….
COULD the issue upset the political landscape in the state for the November 2024 General Election ?….
The polling looks favorable. The petition-gathering is strong.
Now the Florida effort to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution is launching a non-partisan group to ensure that the amendment gets on the Nov. 5, 2024, ballot and that it passes by the required 60 percent threshold — if they can keep enough Republican support.
The proposed amendment will be one of the most closely watched in the nation if it shares the ballot with one of two anti-abortion Florida Republicans running to take on President Joe Biden: former President Donald Trump or Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed a six-week abortion ban – one of the strictest nationwide – earlier this year that triggered this amendment.
In this climate, the partisan politics will be impossible to ignore – and that could endanger the amendment. Because of the 60 percent voter-approval threshold, relatively modest opposition from a political party – in this case Republicans — could doom the endeavor.
“This is bipartisan,” Anna Hochkammer, a Democrat who’s the executive director of the newly formed Florida Women’s Freedom Coalition, said Tuesday night during the group’s fundraiser kickoff, in Miami. “We have people with no party affiliation. People who hate politics. People who are extremely left. People who are extremely right. People who are libertarian and think government shouldn’t exist. You name it,”
Though mostly led by Democrats, the coalition boasts of Republican backers and, she said, the group’s internal polling shows the amendment has broad support: 70 percent overall in Florida. The poll and its crosstabs were shared with The Messenger to verify the numbers. Activists have already collected about 250,000 of the needed 891,000 voter signatures by the end of the year to get the measure on the ballot.
The signature-gatherers are collecting about 75,000 weekly – a fast clip that speaks to the urgency of the issue, as well as the careful way the amendment was worded to avoid internal clashes and friction on the left….