Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President & 1199SEIU Executive VP Monica Russo issued the following statement in response to Governor Rick Scott signing HB 1411 on Friday.
"We will hold Governor Scott and the Republican-led legislature accountable for severely limiting women's access to healthcare and potentially creating a health crisis by limiting vital health services.
As a woman, a mother, and a leader of a Union of women who work in the healthcare sector, I am shocked and appalled that women's rights to safe and affordable care are now the political target of a male-dominated Republican leadership from the Governor on down.
By signing this bill into law, the Governor is radically limiting and effectively denying 67,000 working class women in Florida from access to health care services including cancer screenings, wellness exams, birth control, and other services provided by Planned Parenthood.
SEIU Florida's 55,000 members and their families will be mobilizing voters across the state to punish legislators who played a role in denying women their right to affordable and safe health care services. We will see you at ballot box."
SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.