Imani Thomas

Imani Thomas

First hearing on 15-week abortion ban prompts emotional testimony: FL lawmakers vote 12 to 6 on ban

By: and - January 19, 2022

At least a 100 people filled a committee room in the state Capitol Wednesday to speak about a proposed 15-week abortion ban that, if approved, could change the landscape for women’s reproductive rights. It was the first hearing on the ban, and the vote Wednesday was 12 to 6 in favor of the legislation called […]

Almost all FL abortions in 2020 were at 12 weeks or under; Hearing set Wednesday on 15-week ban

By: and - January 18, 2022

The first legislative hearing on a proposed 15-week abortion ban in Florida is set for Wednesday, with new numbers showing that the vast majority of abortions in FL in 2020 were performed at 12 weeks or under. The data came from a 17-page legislative analysis released Tuesday and is related to a scheduled hearing Wednesday […]

‘Whatever it takes’: Abortion rights activists are preparing for battle

By: - January 13, 2022

The Florida National Organization for Women (NOW) on Thursday said they’ll be pushing a “forceful statewide campaign to protect reproductive health and rights,” with lawmakers, lobbyists and various organizations preparing for a fight over a proposed 15-week abortion ban. And it’s only Day 3 in the Florida Legislature. HB 5 and SB 146 are the […]

Lawmakers, activists, take to Capitol steps to vow resistance to 15-week abortion ban

By: - January 12, 2022

State lawmakers and women’s right activists took a stand on the Old Capitol steps to let Republican legislators know that they are ready to fight efforts to ban abortion at 15 weeks. During a rally on Wednesday, they spoke out against HB 5, a bill that would prohibit a physician from terminating a pregnancy if […]

FL Democratic agenda for 2022 session and all Floridians: Healthy, prosperous and safe

By: - January 11, 2022

With the 2022 legislative session underway, Florida Democrats have an agenda and they’re not losing sight of their goals. Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, House Democratic Leader Evan Jenne and Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book responded on behalf of Democrats with these things in mind: The main focus is to protect […]

Gov. DeSantis: “To impose any type of mandate on people is crazy”

By: - January 5, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday pushed back against any potential mandates, school closures or stay- at-home procedures, saying that schools are safe as long as they follow safety guidelines. The governor told reporters that he doesn’t foresee any new mandates being in place anytime soon, despite COVID surges and the highly transmissible omicron variant spreading […]

DeSantis press conference shut down; well-known Black activist handcuffed and escorted out

By: and - January 4, 2022

A Tuesday morning press conference hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis was disrupted after a group of at least seven individuals refused to leave the public health department building in Duval County and demanded to speak to the Republican governor. Ben Frazier, an activist and Black man, led the protest in Jacksonville, and was eventually forced […]