Don't Ban Abortion, Provide Family Planning Programs in Manatee County

Don't Ban Abortion, Provide Family Planning Programs in Manatee County

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Kaity Danehy Samitz started this petition to Women's Voices of Manatee County and

During the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting on June 9, 2021, James Satcher proposed that Manatee County follow suit with Texas and adopt the Red State's SB8 "Heartbeat Abortion Ban." This ban denies women the option of abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy - regardless of instances of incest or rape.

Learn more about the Texas Heartbeat Ban here: https://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2021/05/procedural-morass-of-the-texas-fetal-heartbeat-law.html

This issue is a state issue and if it is to be addressed, it needs to be at the state level - not locally, and not by County Commissioners. A local government does not, under state statutes, have the ability. It will be fiscally irresponsible and offer local residents absolutely no benefit except a large legal bill and a likely loss in the courts.

As of 2019, Colorado had reduced its teen pregnancies by 20 percent in zip codes near clinics that receive federal Title X funding by increasing accessibility to long-term birth control, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Title X is a federal program that provides preventative services, including access to contraception and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, to low-income and uninsured individuals.

Under Colorado's Family Planning Initiative, which was established in 2009, the state provides funding to Title X clinics to help them provide long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices, to low-income women.
The researchers found that, between 2008 and 2015, the initiative reduced births by 20 percent for 15-17 year old's and 18-19 year-olds who live in zip codes within 7 miles of these clinics. 

The purpose of this petition is to convince our Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to shift their efforts. This petition is to provide the Board of Manatee County Commissioners hard proof that their constituents want progressive change. Instead of adopting Texas' abortion ban in a county where there are currently 0 clinics, we should be introducing progressive change and investing in enhanced reproductive healthcare to the women in our community. 

Learn more about Colorado's (and our future) TitleX - Family Planning Programs here: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/fpp/about-us

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