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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

As Roe v. Wade turns 45, women’s right to bodily autonomy is increasingly under attack


January 22 marked 45 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.  But tensions over abortion rights have always simmered in the Sunshine State.  An example: the 2015 bill that enacted a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion in Florida. The law has since been ruled unconstitutional. Then there’s the flip side: the advocates, like Sally Blackmun, a former chairwoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando – someone who carries a story intertwined deep within the details of Roe v Wade. Blackmun falls silent for a moment when asked about the legacy of her late father, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who is best known for writing the Roe v Wade decision. Years before the decision, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Contraception Concerns with Uncertain Future of ACA


One of the first things University of Central Florida student Jillian James did after Donald Trump secured the presidency was schedule an appointment with the women’s clinic on campus. She says she wants to get an intrauterine device, also known as an IUD, a long-acting reversible birth control method that lasts for years and could endure past the Republican’s first term. And James is not alone, since the election, in news reports and on social media, women are talking about getting long-acting birth control before the new president is sworn in this January. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, an affiliate that covers 22 counties in the state, has seen at least three times more IUD requests than usual …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando women ask dental clinic for birth control in protest of HB 1411


Nada Abou-Senna walked into the Apopka Dental Care clinic Tuesday not for a teeth whitening session or to fill in a cavity, but for birth control. She told the bewildered receptionist, “My elected representative told me that I could come here for reproductive health services.” Abou-Senna and other Florida women are walking into dental care offices across the state asking for contraceptives, Pap smears and yeast infection treatments in response to Florida House Bill 1411, which puts increased restrictions on abortion clinics and is currently under scrutiny after the U.S. Supreme Court found a similar law in Texas was unconstitutional. State and federal dollars are already prohibited from going to abortion providers, but HB 1411 blocks Planned Parenthood from receiving …
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