The League of Women Voters of Manatee County position.
Our County Commissioners have the most direct impact on our lives and we rely on them improve the county and solve county problems. What problem are the commissioners trying to solve by breaking with state and enacting our own local legislation on abortion?. There are NO abortion clinics in Manatee County. The abortion ban, proposed by Commissioner Satcher, would do nothing to help the people of Manatee County. Instead it would be an expensive distraction, wasting precious resources of time and taxpayers dollars that would be better spent focusing on recovering from the pandemic by fostering our economy, improving the health and welfare of those in need, and improving the local infrastructure.
Such legislation for Manatee County would undoubtedly attract negative press coverage and likely result in lost business and tourism. It will detract from our reputation as a warm and welcoming community. Manatee County is rated one of the best places to retire in the United States; let us not squander this hard earned reputation.
Issues such as relieving road congestion, improving safety, affordable housing, child welfare, indigent care, environment protection, implementing government efficiencies and addressing future infrastructure development, to name a few, are the appropriate business of our County Commissioners. For these reasons the League of Women Voters of Manatee County opposes any local legislation on abortion.
LWVMC has a new committee – Reproductive Rights
In response to the proposal for the proposed “Heartbeat” regulation, LWVMC now has a Reproductive Rights subcommittee (part of the Health Committee). Enthusiastic members Joan Frankel and Janet Raines are the Co-Chairs. They have been coordinating with other organizations and working on making contacts and drafting some materials. We need more participants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to work on keeping these regulations out of Manatee County.