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Abortion in Florida: On the Ballot and Off Limits

The League believes in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy, and we believe protection for reproductive health decisions is a democracy issue. Without the ability to make reproductive decisions for one’s own body, women and those who can become pregnant cannot participate equally in our democracy. This harm will exacerbate societal inequalities and fall disproportionately on people of color and low-income communities already facing egregious obstacles to health care.

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Join us at Hot Topics as we delve into the recent pivotal rulings concerning abortion rights in Florida. The Florida Supreme Court has made significant decisions, including paving the way for the implementation of a six-week abortion ban and allowing Floridians to vote on whether to enshrine abortion protections in the state constitution.

In upholding Florida's existing 15-week ban on abortion, the state Supreme Court has activated a new six-week abortion ban, set to take effect within 30 days. Concurrently, the court has endorsed the language of a proposed state constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 4, which seeks to safeguard the right to abortion in Florida. This amendment is scheduled to appear on the ballot this November, potentially reversing both bans if approved by at least 60% of voters.

These recent rulings position Florida as one of the most restrictive states in terms of abortion access, sparking a contentious debate over reproductive rights in the Sunshine State, particularly in the upcoming presidential election. With Florida considered a pivotal battleground, the Biden campaign now views the issue of abortion rights as a mobilizing force among voters.

Join us as we explore the implications of these rulings and the potential impact on the political landscape, not only in Florida but also nationally. This event promises to provide invaluable insights into the ongoing discourse surrounding reproductive rights and its influence on electoral dynamics.

Panelists and Moderator

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Taylor Aguilera
Taylor Aguilera

Taylor Aguilera

Taylor Aguilera is the statewide organizing director for Floridians Protecting Freedom, the coalition behind the amendment to limit government interference with abortion, which will appear on Florida ballots as amendment 4 this November. Taylor was raised in Polk County. She studied political science at Hillsborough Community College. Her career has focused on supporting issues-based advocacy and electoral campaigns in Florida and Georgia. Prior to her organizing career, she worked in the criminal justice system as a paralegal with the public defender’s office, where she saw firsthand the need for systematic change in her community. That moved her to organize and take action for a better Florida.


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Guerdy Remy
Guerdy Remy

Guerdy Remy

Guerdy Remy is a licensed nurse with a Haitian-American background. She came to the United States when she was 5 and grew up in New York City before moving to Seminole County in 2004. She also is board president of the Florida Access Network, state board

member of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, chair of the State Campaign Committee and vice president of the Central Florida Democratic Progressive Caucus.

As the vice president of the Seminole County Democratic Veterans Caucus, she is focused on veterans’ increasing unhoused crisis and lack of mental health solutions and assistance. She is currently working as an admissions/medication nurse at a local hospital. Guerdy earned an associate degree from Ulster County BOCES School of Practical Nursing and earned a degree in health service administration from Keiser University.

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Kait Thomson
Kait Thomson

Kait Thomson

Kait Thomson is senior director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and served as the organization’s director of government relations and community engagement prior to her current role. She has worked as a freelance finance and fundraising consultant and as campaign manager for a charter commission candidate in Portland, Maine. She also was a full-time organizing manager for NARAL Pro-Choice America, which has rebranded to Reproductive Freedom for All. Thomson graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

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Amy Weintraub
Amy Weintraub

Amy Weintraub

Amy Weintraub is a seasoned, award-winning organizer who has worked most of her adult life identifying, educating and activating citizens toward social justice. She is the Reproductive Rights Program Director at Progress Florida. She is the former chair of the League of Women Voters of Florida’s Reproductive Health and Justice Team and serves as the membership chair of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. She also is a leader with the statewide Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition. 

Prior to moving to Florida in 2015, Amy lived in her home state of West Virginia where she led efforts within organizations such as WV FREE (West Virginia Focus: Reproductive Education and Equality), Covenant House of West Virginia and Planned Parenthood.

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Dr. Kathryn Berryman
Dr. Kathryn Berryman
Moderator: LWVOC Co-President Tiffany Hughes  is the owner of KBI Staffing Solutions LLC, a staffing firm focused on economically empowering the community in Orlando's Historic Parramore. She is a community advocate, education advocate, and mentor for high school students with the Take Stock in Children Program. Tiffany is also the 25th President of the Orange County, FL branch of the NAACP, the youngest in their history, and a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 100 and NAACP 2019 NextGen. She has served on Orange County and City of Orlando boards, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is a steward at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, FL. Tiffany has a Master's degree from Full Sail University, a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, and was awarded as a 2023 Woman Who Mean Business honoree and named an Orlando Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree in 2021.

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Hot Topics Recap


Click to read the complete RECAP of MAR 13 event.

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Maxwell & Maxwell

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Latina Leadership & Legacy
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Superhero Buildings 
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Give Me Shelter
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Shock and Law: Legislative Session Review

April RECAP
Metro Mayors' Forum
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A Thousand Disrespectful Cuts: Schools
FEB Recap
Black History Month
JAN Recap
The State of FL's Democracy


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The best regular public affairs forum in town, our Hot Topics Luncheons feature speakers and panelists talking about the hottest issues of concern to Central Florida. Open to League members and community guests, your ticket includes a delicious lunch prepared by Cuisiniers to be enjoyed along with food for thought and action. You’ll want to be present in the magnificent and new Winter Park Events Center. Programs are also streamed on the League’s Facebook Live, recorded, and available on the League’s YouTube channel.

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