Orlando lawmakers want increased protections for reproductive health clinics

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Two Orlando lawmakers called Wednesday for passage of legislation that would increase penalties for people who threaten and intimidate women who use reproductive-health clinics or providers who work at the clinics.

At a news conference in Tallahassee, Rep. Amy Mercado, D-Orlando, said women have to worry about their personal safety when going to the clinics. She pointed to a mass shooting in November 2015 outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., where three people died and nine were injured and two separate fatal shootings more than 20 years ago in Pensacola.

“As legislators, it is our responsibility to ensure that Floridians feel safe from harm when accessing any and all vital health care services,” she said adding that it’s a “shame that our health care providers must hire patient escorts or bodyguards due to safety concerns.”

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