The country saw a whole wave of abortion bans earlier this year, and nine states passed new laws that only allow abortions early in the pregnancy, while some of them don’t allow the procedure at all.
The laws, though, were largely decided by men, because the legislators have been mostly men. Maybe if more women were involved in the voting, things might have gone differently, and that’s why one Florida state senator wants to prevent voting on abortion rights until at least half of the legislature are women.
State Senator Lauren Book filed a bill that would allow people in Florida to vote on a constitutional amendment that prevents the state legislature from voting on these bans unless half of the legislative body is actually female.
She told the Tallahassee Democrat that “no vote about us without us”.
She said that if women are not being represented in the legislative body, she doesn’t think that older white men should be deciding what and how reproductive health care is looked at and is making decisions that are life-altering.
Book also told Huff Post that women will continue to get abortions, even if they live in states with restrictive bans, but we just need to make sure that it’s safe and that there’s access.
Men currently make up 70% of the House, and the percentage in the Florida State Senate is the same. Both the Florida House and Senate have men in the majority.