Opponents to anti-abortion amendment release ads linking campaign to Gov. Scott
Progress Florida is circulating the first round of ads linked to the "Vote No on 6" campaign that urges voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate privacy rights that protect a woman's right to chose to abort a fetus.
Two of the four ads that surfaced today either mention or depict Gov. Rick Scott and characterize him as trying to interfere in a woman's health.
One of the ads shows a picture of a woman's legs with the text: "Does Rick Scott belong here?" Another shows three pictures: one of a female doctor, one of Scott, one of a kitten. "Who do you trust with your most personal health care decisions?"
Both of the ads also say "click to stop Rick Scott." Progress Florida says they are online banner ads that have just gone up, starting in South Florida.
The proposed constitutional amendment is among 11 that will be on the ballot in November for voters' consideration. Amendment 6 will insert language into the state constitution that mirrors the federal ban on using public funds for abortions, and it also erases some of the privacy protections that have been used to keep abortion legal in Florida.
Proponents say the amendment will strengthen parental rights by ensuring that parents must give permission before a child seeks an abortion. They also say it will align Florida law with federal law and help prevent the use of public funds on abortions.