TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lesbian Political Action Committee (LPAC), in its recently announced ballot initiatives for the November election, seems to be unclear on Florida's proposed Amendment 6 and what it would achieve.
LPAC's August 23 news release states: "Florida's proposed amendment would strip away important reproductive freedoms for women in the state, and would intrude on private medical decisions between a woman and her doctor."
"That's hardly the case at all," said Dr. Randy Armstrong, President of Citizens for Protecting Taxpayers and Parental Rights and a practicing physician in Florida since 1978. "Amendment 6 does three things: prohibits use of public funds for abortion, with exceptions; aligns Florida law and Federal law which prevents taxpayer funding of abortion, and perhaps of greatest importance, paves the way for new legislation to restore parental consent in the case of a minor seeking an abortion."
The amendment's language ensures that a woman dependent on state funding for her abortion has the same benefit as provided by federal law and allows for cases 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 in a case of rape or incest. These provisions are in line with federal law, which is known as the Hyde Amendment.
"This is not a call to deny access to abortion for anyone, but simply to say that a private act shouldn't be a public expense – that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pay for abortion in Florida," Dr. Armstrong said.
Regarding minors seeking an abortion, Armstrong said that parents have been excluded from this important medical decision for far too long.
"Amendment 6 affirms and protects this responsibility by allowing for new legislation leading to the restoration of parental consent for this type of major medical procedure," said Armstrong.
"LPAC would do well to become more familiar with Amendment 6," Dr. Armstrong said. "This amendment would reasonably limit how Florida's tax dollars are spent while opening the door for legislation that would restore the rights of parents who have responsibility for the health and welfare of their children."
For more information visit www.sayyeson6.com.
Contact: Jim Frankowiak 813-444-2937 / after hours: 813-659-4628
SOURCE Citizens for Protecting Taxpayers and Parental Rights