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The Truth How Parental Notification of Abortion was defeated in Tallahassee  
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The Christian Family Coalition stands by its criticism of Florida Senator Andy Gardiner in his decision to kill his own "Parental Notice of Abortion Bill." Senator Andy Gardiner, sponsor of the "Parental Notice of Abortion Bill," has NOT received undue criticism from the media and other groups for temporarily postponing the bill.

The Christian Family Coalition stands by its criticism of Florida Senator Andy Gardiner in his decision to kill his own "Parental Notice of Abortion Bill." Senator Andy Gardiner, sponsor of the "Parental Notice of Abortion Bill," has NOT received undue criticism from the media and other groups for temporarily postponing the bill.

What people need to understand is that the parental notification bill was only placed on the Health Regulation Committee agenda on Tuesday, April 13th, after much pressure by the CFC and its allies. This was already extremely late in the session (7th week). However, after it was reported that State Senator Michael "Mike" Bennett placed a hostile amendment on the bill which would have allowed a minor, unmarried girl to "shop around" and get an abortion anywhere in the entire state of Florida rather than in the District Court of Appeals (D.C.A.) where she resides, we agreed to support Senator Gardiner's decision to temporarily postpone the bill, fully expecting the committee would have another opportunity to vote on the bill the following week. However, the following week only gave Senator Bennett the opportunity to meet with and strategize with the ACLU of Florida and Planned Parenthood of Florida to add ADDITIONAL hostile amendments to further "water down" the bill!

If Senator Gardiner had forced a vote in committee, the first time, we would have saved ourselves the heartache of ADDITIONAL amendments Senator Gardiner could have still forced a vote in committee and possibly saved the bill. Here's how: first, the committee could have voted on it in its original state thereby forcing ALL senators in committee to publicly reveal their position on the issue before this Fall's elections, now we'll never know with any certainty where they stand, and that's exactly how the opposing Senators in committee prefer it in order to keep voters in the dark. In fact, now they can even go back to their districts and tell voters they would have voted for the bill and no one will be the wiser!

Second, even if the bill would have been amended and watered down considerably, it would have still been kept alive and garnered the momentum it desperately needed for the State Hous! e of Representatives to pass their CLEAN version of the parental notification bill (without the hostile Senate amendments) and send it to the State Senate for a full vote of the members in that chamber. While Senator Michael "Mike" Bennett could have still tried to add his hostile amendments to the bill, it would have been nearly impossible for him to garner twenty-one (21) votes in the full chamber as opposed to only four (4) votes he needed in committee.

Finally, all these strategies were discussed at length and in detail with Michael Broom, legislative aide to Senator Andy Gardiner, by the Christian Family Coalition as well as other pro-family groups and legislators. While Mr. Broom acknowledged the strategy recommendation was well within the bounds of Senate rules, his office did not want to "bypass the committee process", to which the CFC reminded him that the Senator works FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT THE COMMITTEE, and to not "bypass the millions of Florida voters (65%) who amended the state constitution in 2004 and are still waiting, six (6) years later, for the state legislature to fulfill its obligation to create a reasonable parental notification law in our state".

Category: Abortion
Tags: parental consent rights gardiner