In March of 2014, I used to be 16 years previous and scared as a result of there was an opportunity I used to be experiencing an sudden being pregnant.
Every day on my solution to faculty I might cross a Community Pregnancy Center. I didn’t know a lot about this facility, besides it marketed on the aspect of its constructing: “FREE PREGNANCY TESTING.” I assumed perhaps this was a professional health facility that would assist me.
I discovered shortly this was not a respectable health care supplier — regardless that the Florida Legislature needs you to assume it’s. These pretend women’s health centers promote free being pregnant testing and pregnancy-options schooling, however they oppose abortion and contraception and subsequently won’t present complete counseling or referrals. The Florida Legislature has handed , laws that may completely ship tens of millions in tax dollars to those pretend women’s health centers that oppose abortion and decide, disgrace and deliberately attempt to trick women. I wrestle to know how a reputable health care supplier might function like this.
Before a lady on the clinic would give me again my pregnancy-test outcomes she requested me a query: “What is your religious affiliation?” I used to be shocked, answered the query, reminded her why I used to be there and requested her for the results of my being pregnant check.
After, she started a lesson on abstinence and shared how I nonetheless might be “saved” regardless of the “mistakes” I’ve made. She gave me brochures about abstinence, Christianity, adoption and medically inaccurate details about abortion. At the top of all of it, she jogged my memory that she had all of my personal info and can be notifying my household of my go to. So a lot for affected person confidentiality.
I oppose HB 41 as a result of I care deeply about women and really feel no individual ought to be lied to or really feel judged or shamed when accessing health care. When confronted with the potential for an unintended being pregnant, women deserve unbiased, medically correct details about all of their choices. We ought to to not be judged, shamed and threatened. Our elected officers shouldn’t be legitimizing these pretend clinics, nor ought to they be sending them hundreds of thousands in tax dollars, a scheme HB 41 makes everlasting in regulation.
If Gov. Rick Scott cares about being a great steward of our tax dollars and helps deception-free, complete, medically correct women’s health care, he’ll by veto HB 41.
ANNIE JAE FILKOWSKI, ST. PETERSBURG
Editor’s notice: Filkowski is a scholar on the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, the place she majors in political science and regulation research.
When confronted with the potential of an unintended being pregnant, women deserve unbiased, medically correct details about all of their choices.