Democrats join Fort Lauderdale protest after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Democratic State Sen. Lauren Book and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz joined a group to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to do away with women’s constitutional protections for abortion on Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Book and Wasserman Schultz joined the impassioned pro-choice supporters at Esplande Park, at 400 SW 2nd St. Most were outraged about the ruling after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade.

“We will not go back,” Book said before the crowd cheered.

“This decision rolls back the freedom that we fought so hard for!”

Dozens held up signs that included messages such as “My Body, My Choice” and “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz joined a protest on Friday in Fort Lauderdale. (Copyright 2022 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

Wasserman Shultz, a breast cancer survivor, is an advocate for women’s health.

“You’ve got a Republican-appointed majority Supreme Court that tore women’s rights away and this is only the beginning,” Wasserman Schultz said

Book said women can still get legal and safe abortions in Florida in June. Starting July 1, there will be a 15-week ban in place.

“The sponsors of the bill talked about wanting to make it more restrictive,” Book said about the state’s 15-week ban.

Sen. Lauren Book joins protest on Friday in Fort Lauderdale. (Copyright 2022 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

Wasserman Shultz said placing limits on abortions puts women’s lives in jeopardy.

“It is unacceptable, but we can change it,” Wasserman Schultz said about the opportunity that pro-choice voters have to elect candidates who support reproductive freedom.

Book is running for re-election to the Florida State Senate to represent District 35.

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A protest that began after the US Supreme Court ruled against Roe vs. Wade was growing on Friday afternoon.

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Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.