|Published:||Oct 19, 2012 6:02 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 19, 2012 6:44 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Women's groups are going up against the Catholic Church in one of the most contentious fights we'll see on the state level. More than $2 million has been raised to influence your vote in the battle for Amendment Six.
Every Friday WINK News Call For Action follows the money behind the biggest races this election season.
The Vote No on 6 Committee has enlisted nationally known activist Sandra Fluke to be the face of its campaign. In an internet ad Fluke claims a "yes" vote would "deny a lot of Florida women access to the basic health care they need."
If passed, Amendment 6 would eliminate the state constitutional right to privacy and ban public funding of abortions, except in the case of rape, incest and health of the mother. Analysts say state employees wouldn't be able to use their insurance policies to cover abortions.
The Florida Catholic Conference is the largest supporter of the amendment.
"Many people of many faiths and non that also believe that unborn life should be protected," said Mike McCarron, Executive Director of the conference.
So far the fundraising has been incredibly lopsided. According to Voter's Edge Florida, which tracks all the money raised in the 11 ballot initiatives, opponents of Amendment 6 have raised more than $2 million, compared to less than $200,000 for supporters.
Nearly a million dollars has come in from Planned Parenthood. While three florida residents, Barbara Stiefel, Gladys Cofrin and Frank Brunckhorst, each donated more than $200,000 to the cause.
As for supporters of the measure, money has largely come from the Catholic Church. But even the largest donation, $56,065 from the Archdiocese of Miami, doesn't come close to the contributions that have rolled in from opponents.
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