Amendment 06:Abortion

Prohibits public funds for abortions and reconstructs abortion rights
Outcome: Failed

Summary

This proposed amendment provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This prohibition does not apply to an expenditure required by federal law, a case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, or a case of rape or incest. This proposed amendment provides that the State Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution. 

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what your vote means

Yes

A YES means the elimination of the state constitutional right to privacy and the banning of public funding for abortions, except for those intended to save the life of a mother or for rape or incest victims. A YES means no effective change for abortion funding in Florida, since federal law already prohibits public funding for abortions.

No

A NO means the state constitutional right to privacy remains intact and the state constitution will not specifically ban public funding for abortions. Federal law will continue to prohibit public funding for abortions in Florida.

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Additional information

Amendment 06 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeLegislatively-Referred Constitutional Amendment

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI$112,259
2KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS$100,000
3DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG$65,256
4DIOCESE OF ORLANDO$59,295
5DIOCESE OF PALM BEACH, INC$41,072
21.7%
19.3%
12.6%
11.4%
7.9%
$518.2 thousand raised in total

No

21.1%
11.9%
10.2%
8.4%
8.4%
$3.0 million raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1Planned Parenthood$626,850
2PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC.$354,942
3PPFA$302,832
4COFRIN GLADYS$250,000
5AMERICA VOTES$250,000

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

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