Pastor Bryan Longworth, the head of the anti-abortion group Personhood Florida, is calling for “ProLife, Tea Party, and Values speakers to let their voices be heard” at legislative meetings today in St. Lucie County.
In a recent post on his website, Longworth cites the meetings as “an important opportunity to speak to our state senators and representatives about the legislation we’d like to see them pass or not pass in the future as well as praise them or hold them accountable for their votes in the past.”
Acting under the umbrella of Personhood USA, Personhood Florida is currently sponsoring an amendment initiative that would ban abortion and outlaw certain forms of birth control.
Though the Florida elections website shows the initiative currently has zero valid signatures, Longworth’s team is planning a “big push” for signatures in January. If the group is unable to produce the appropriate amount of signatures, the only hope for a spot on the 2012 ballot would be legislative help — but even those who have endorsed Personhood in the past have distanced themselves from an initiative that many see as too strict to make any headway.
In his post, Longworth encourages supporters to arrive by 2 p.m., should they wish to speak with legislators: “The other side will definitely be crying for more of your tax dollars, continued funding of Planned Parenthood, and more government program.”