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With only one committee hearing, a bill seeking to regulate Florida’s pregnancy crisis centers is now heading to the House floor. But, pro-choice advocates are not happy about a provision that directs the state to only contract with providers that “promote and support childbirth.”

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A revived bill that wades into the abortion debate has passed its first Florida Senate Committee, but not without opposition.

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Florida’s teen birth rates are on a steady decline, according to a national report.

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Florida lawmakers want to issue special certificates to families who experience miscarriages. Supporters say the bill is meant to comfort grieving parents. But there are concerns the bill could affect access to abortions.

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The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  The move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

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A Northwest Florida transportation service is now providing rides for people with diabetes—free of charge.

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This week is Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week. Officials want to make people more aware of one of the top health complications surrounding pregnancy.

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Today, there’s no Florida law on the books to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination. For months, the Florida Supreme Court grappled with that decision, and Thursday, they ruled employers can’t discriminate against pregnant women under the state’s civil rights act. But, one lawmaker says that still needs to be codified in state law.

For more than 30 years, pregnancy has been protected from employer discrimination under federal law. But, in the Sunshine state, it’s a different story.

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Bills before the Legislature this session are aimed at ending discrimination against pregnant women and LGBT people. The measures are among several aimed at fairness and equality—but the biggest hurdle for some of them may be getting a first hearing.

Committees in both chambers have passed one bill with little debate or opposition. It would add pregnant women to the protected classes covered under Florida’s Civil Rights Act. When the same measure didn’t pass last year, Lori Berman (D-Lantana) told reporters she’d be sponsoring it again.  

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Just a day after a pair of Democratic lawmakers announced they were filing bills to make pregnancy discrimination illegal, Florida’s Supreme Court took up the issue Thursday.

Democratic Women Push For Pregnancy Protection Bill

Nov 7, 2013
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A group of female lawmakers is filing bills in the Florida Legislature strengthening legal protections for pregnant women.

Stephanie Mulherin was working at a Tallahassee restaurant when found out she was pregnant with her second child. But she says almost as soon as she told her boss, her hours began to shrink and her boss began remarking about her pregnancy.