Deceptive Language Leads AG Ashley Moody to Sound the Alarm
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court is in session today hearing oral arguments on the proposed ballot measure that would allow abortion throughout pregnancy, undermine parental rights and eliminate health protections for women. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office will stand in front of the justices to summarize how the proposal violates Florida’s single-subject and truth-in-packaging requirements.
SBA Pro-Life America, the nation’s leading pro-life political group, has filed an amicus brief outlining the ways the ballot measure violates Florida’s standards. According to the group, the measure logrolls at least eight different topics into one measure, including parental consent, how Florida regulates the abortion industry, whether abortion workers need a medical license, and how late in pregnancy a baby can be aborted. The language of the measure deceives voters by using the word “viability” while at the same time allowing abortion in the third trimester as long as an abortionist approves, says SBA’s brief.
Prior to stepping into the courtroom on Wednesday morning, SBA State Policy Director Katie Daniel said:
“The abortion industry may have bought their way through the signature gathering process, but no amount of money will make the deceptive language of their measure comply with Florida law. By allowing abortion in all nine months, undermining parental rights, and eliminating health protections for women, this ballot measure has major consequences that are wildly out of step with the people of Florida. We thank Attorney General Ashley Moody for fulfilling her duty to protect the public from deception and demanding clarity for every amendment given to the people.”
Similar to Florida, attorneys general in Montana, South Dakota and Arkansas are fulfilling their duty in guarding the public against deceptive ballot measures. Montana AG Austin Knudsen has blocked Montana’s proposed amendment on the same grounds as Florida’s for being deceptive and logrolling. Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected activists’ initial proposed text for being misleading. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley admonished abortion activists for unlawful misconduct in deceiving voters to sign petitions. “Any suggestion that your proposed abortion amendment makes abortion legal only for the first trimester is contrary to the language of the proposed amendment,” said Jackley in a letter to Dakotans for Health.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.