November 16, 2012 — In rejecting a ballot initiative (Amendment 6) last week, "Florida voters sent a strong message that when politicians deny insurance coverage for abortion, they play a dangerous game of 'keep away' with women's health," Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times (Knox, New York Times, 11/15).
The measure would have amended the state constitution to explicitly exclude a broader right to privacy than is protected under the U.S. Constitution and ban public funding for abortion in most cases (Women's Health Policy Report, 11/7).
"Politicians should not interfere with a woman's personal medical decisions, but should instead respect that it's her decision to make with her family and her faith," Knox writes.
"Holding back benefits from someone who is eligible, just to make it impossible for her to have an abortion, as Amendment 6 would have done, is unconscionable," he continues, adding, "It is time that we put a woman's health and her moral agency ahead of political agendas" (New York Times, 11/15).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership