• Activists flock downtown Jacksonville to support women's reproductive rights

    By: Alicia Tarancon , Action News Jax

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Activists rallied women’s reproductive rights Monday in front of the Jacksonville City hall this afternoon. 

    Susan Eartker joined at least two dozen people in downtown Jacksonville for the afternoon protest.


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    They banned together with the Coalition for Consent, an activist group aimed at protecting women’s reproductive rights.

    “Just because we’re women we should not be limited to adequate health care,” said Eartker.   

    Organizers chose to rally right front of City Hall where state Rep. Kimberly Daniels' office is located. 

    The group says Daniels recently voted along with Sen. Aaron Bean in favor of restrictive access bills.

    “Restrictive access doesn’t work. People still get abortions and there’s actually more deaths that happen because of that,” said Christina Kittle, with the Coalition for Consent.  

    This comes after more than a dozen states like Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee have passed restrictive laws on abortion this year. 

    Last month, Alabama’s governor banned doctors from performing an abortion and if they do they could face up to 99 years in prison. 

    Other groups, like End Abortion Now, were there in support of more restrictions.

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    “Abortion is murder and a child is a child from the moment of conception and so when we stand out here we may have all these blow horns, we may have all this stuff, but our intention is really to preach the truth,” said Mauricio Belgrano, with End Abortion Now. 

    Eartker is hoping this rally will push lawmakers like Daniels to change their minds.

    “She is a woman so I’m hoping she’ll maybe hear us that women deserve the right to access,” she said.  Action News Jax reacedh out to Daniels and Bean on Monday to hear their side about why they support restrictive reproductive access bills. 

    Once we hear back, we’ll update you both online and on air.

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