An extremely grave amendment has been placed on the November 2024 ballot that seeks to erase pro-life protections by inserting language into the Florida Constitution prohibiting regulation of abortion. The amendment would allow late-term abortions, and would eliminate laws requiring parental consent and safety protocols for women. The Catholic Church across the state of Florida is urging all Florida Catholics and people of good will to vote “no” on Amendment 4. Florida’s general election is Nov. 5th, and early voting begins on Oct 26th

“We urge all Floridians of goodwill to stand against the legalization of late-term abortion and oppose the abortion amendment. In doing so, we will not only protect the weakest, most innocent, and defenseless of human life among us but also countless women throughout the state from the harms of abortion,” said the bishops of Florida in their statement on Amendment 4.

– Florida Bishops

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Suggested Text: Why Floridians should Vote NO on Amendment 4: Titled “Amendment to Limit Government Interference with Abortion,” Amendment 4 would enshrine UNREGULATED ABORTION in our state constitution, making Florida one of the MOST PRO-ABORTION states in the nation. The amendment language is MISLEADING, and its proposed outcomes are DANGEROUS.

Why is the Church getting involved in politics?

People will often cite separation of church and state when it comes to political issues. The Catholic Church is and remains nonpartisan. So, the Church will never endorse a particular candidate for office. But what we will do is get involved with the issues. So, whether it’s issues that a particular candidate is putting forward as part of their platform, or a political party, we will present those in light of our Gospel teachings. The Church plays an important role in the promotion and the attainment of justice and protection of the common good. Therefore, we’re encouraged to participate in public life, and to apply our Gospel values to political activities. When it comes to issues, I think that we not only have a right, but a responsibility as Christians to get involved in the political sphere, and to make sure that our voice is heard. – Bishop Gregory Parkes

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