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Health Care as a Gender Equality Issue

The demonstrators say women need affordable health care. Photo by Amy Green
The demonstrators say women need affordable health care. Photo by Amy Green

Women's rights activists are calling on state lawmakers to expand health care for all Floridians.

They gathered Wednesday one day after primary elections to celebrate women's right to vote and call on women to back candidates in November who support the Affordable Care Act.

A small throng of elected leaders and representatives from Planned Parenthood and other groups gathered at Senator Beth Johnson Park. Johnson was the first woman in the state Senate.

Michelle Levy of the League of Women Voters of Orange County says uneven access to affordable health care is a lingering source of inequality for women.

"We have the right to vote, and if we don't use it for issues that are important to women then what good is it? And this is so important to women, to have access to health care for themselves and their children."

The demonstration recognized the 19th Amendment, which was approved 94 years ago this month and granted women the right to vote.

The activists also protested the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, that some businesses don't have to provide birth control coverage if it contradicts religious beliefs.

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.