Florida Group Raises $2 Million for Amendment to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 11, 2023   |   4:09PM   |   Tallahassee, Florida

A new Florida pro-abortion campaign raised almost $2 million in April to create a “right” to abort unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth in the state constitution.

News Service of Florida reports financial documents from the pro-abortion Floridians Protecting Freedom show $1.87 million raised in April, almost all of it from three donors.

The largest amount, $1 million, came from Democrat activist Marsha Laufer, according to the report. She is married to hedge fund billionaire Henry Laufer, and together they are major donors to Democrat and pro-abortion groups, according to Open SecretsForbes reports they also donated $1 million to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

Other donors to the new pro-abortion group included Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida: $500,000, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida: $275,000, the report continues.

Last week, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU unveiled their “multi-million” dollar campaign to make aborting unborn babies a “right” under the Florida Constitution.

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Florida is a big target of the billion-dollar abortion industry.

More than 80,000 unborn babies are aborted there every year, and their deaths are big money for abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood. But the new state heartbeat law, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed in April, threatens their deadly trade.

If their plan succeeds, the amendment could nullify all pro-life legislation and force Florida to allow abortions for basically any reason up to birth. It also could threaten parents’ rights.

“The radical abortion lobby’s post-Dobbs playbook is clear. Groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are flooding states around the country with millions of dollars to confuse and deceive the people,” said Katie Daniel, state policy director for SBA Pro-Life America, last week.

Daniel said the amendment deceptively claims to limit abortions once unborn babies are viable, but it really would “enshrine brutal late-term abortion on demand right up to birth with no protections for babies born alive.” After viability, the amendment allows abortions for “health” reasons, and some abortionists say pregnancy itself is a health condition that justifies abortion at any stage.

The amendment also gives “every individual … a right to reproductive autonomy” without age limit. In other words, parental consent laws could be deemed unconstitutional, and young girls could get abortions, or be coerced by an abuser, without their parents’ knowledge.

To amend the Florida Constitution, a ballot initiative must have at least 890,000 signatures from voters in at least half of the congressional districts, according to Forbes. Then, the ballot measure must pass with at least 60 percent of voters’ approval.

Planned Parenthood and other groups plan to launch a massive marketing campaign to convince Florida voters that the amendment is reasonable. Pro-abortion groups rarely explain exactly what their proposals would do, instead speaking in vague terms about rights and personal liberty.

For example, Sarah Standiford, national campaigns director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, told Politico that the amendment is about “reproductive freedom.”

“Floridians know what is best for their own bodies and their own lives,” Standiford said in an interview Thursday. “People are ready to vote for reproductive freedom and to take back power from lawmakers who have literally gone against the will of the people.”

But the new pro-life laws in Florida are the will of the people, and the amendment is not. Florida voters elected a strong pro-life majority to both houses in November and a pro-life governor and attorney general. A March poll by Ragnar Research found 62 percent of Florida voters support legislation to protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable.

The new heartbeat law currently is not in effect due to a pro-abortion lawsuit. However, pro-life advocates hope the Florida Supreme Court will reject abortion activists’ claims and allow the life-saving law to go into effect soon.

Florida reported 82,192 abortions in 2022, according to state health statistics.