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Activists in support, against parental consent bill voiced opinions at Capitol

Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 17:20:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Activists in support of and against the parental consent bill filled the Capitol Monday afternoon, voicing their opinions on abortion.

Both supporters of abortions and those against, voiced their concerns to members of the senate committee on health policy as they walked to the hearing for State Bill 1774 on Monday.

"This is just another way that we can continue to strengthen our family units especially when you're coming to difficult decisions like whether or not to continue and how someone would choose to with pregnancy," said Senator Kelli Stargel.

Those who are opposed to the bill say this could only create more family problems.

"We are hoping this bill does not pass and it would only add further restrictions to minors and especially minors who are in troublesome situations with their families and face fear in terms of abuse or retribution," said Laura Hernandez, who opposes SB 1774.

While pro-life advocates say our state leaders should do more to protect the unborn children.

"We need to match our actions with our words, we do believe that human beings are persons from the moment of conception and they must be protected by our legislation now," said Anne Marchetti, who is against abortions.

By a vote of 5-4, the Senate Health Policy Committee approved the bill and now has two more committees before it can go to the Senate floor.

Activists against the bill plan to be at the final bill committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.