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Roe v Wade decision recalled at Florida Capitol

protestors hold signs in front of the capitol building
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media
Demonstrators gathered in front of the historic Capitol to show their support for the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The 49th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion was marked across the country over the weekend. One of those observances took place in front of the historic Florida Capitol.

An impromptu percussion ensemble provided a cheerful soundtrack as a few dozen demonstrators waved signs at passing vehicles. But the future of the landmark court ruling is anything but certain. Barbara DeVane with the National Organization for Women noted the committee approval just days before of a Florida House bill banning abortion after fifteen weeks of pregnancy.

"Everything [that] comes out of their mouth[s] has the word 'free' or 'freedom' in it. But there is no freedom for women's reproductive rights if they pass this restrictive bill that has already passed one House committee this week."

The measure has yet to get a hearing in the Florida Senate, where it would face two committees.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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