For Immediate Release
April 14, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Florida Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an extreme ban on abortion into law. This action will not only further endanger Floridians when it goes into effect on July 1, but also those in surrounding states who rely on abortion care outside their state. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Today, Florida became the latest state to enact legislation that will not just restrict abortion, but will have devastating impacts on access to abortion for the entire Southeast. As we await a Supreme Court decision that could overturn the precedent in Roe v. Wade, this is yet another example of politically motivated anti-abortion legislators restricting our right to choose what happens to our bodies. It’s never been more clear that Republicans in legislatures across the country are trying to take away our rights. We are grateful for the advocates and elected officials who are fighting these bans, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to electing more Democratic pro-choice women who will fight abortion restrictions and ensure that we all have the ability to determine our own futures.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.