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Amendment 6: Prohibition on public funding of abortions

2:58 PM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Amendment six deals with public funding on abortion. It would make the current federal ban on using public funding for abortion part of the state constitution. It would also narrow a state privacy law used to challenge abortion laws.

A "yes" vote means you support Florida putting the current federal ban of public funds for abortion in the state constitution, and you support eliminating privacy rights when it comes to a woman's right to have an abortion. 

A "no" vote means you disagree with placing the Federal ban on public funding of abortions into the state constitution, and you are against eliminating women's privacy rights when it comes to choosing an abortion.


This page contains a summary of Amendment six, which will be on the November ballot in Florida's Presidential General Election.

On the left hand side of this page you'll also find a link that allows you to download complete copies of each proposed initiative. This summary have been provided by the Florida Department of State Division of Elections.


This proposed amendment provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.

This prohibition does not apply to an expenditure required by federal law, a case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, or a case of rape or incest.

This proposed amendment provides that the State Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution.

With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution.

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