Mary Campbell Testifies in Front of House Health Quality Subcommittee

Published: March 27th, 2019

Category: Featured

UF Master of Public Health student Mary Campbell testified in front of the House Health Quality Subcommittee last week. Campbell is a second year Social and Behavioral Sciences student completing her internship with Planned Parenthood. She attended Lobby Days on March 19-20 with select Planned Parenthood interns and volunteers, where they attended a legislative session. Campbell and Planned Parenthood lobbied against a parental consent bill placing restrictions on minors seeking abortion.

I was able to share my thoughts and even pull data from a research paper I wrote on teen pregnancy from a maternal and child health class to back my statements.

Campbell and other Planned Parenthood members also met with senators, representatives, and their aides. They ended the weekend by attending a press conference on the Dignity Bill which grants menstrual products for incarcerated women.

One of the coolest experiences was meeting with Clovis Watson, a supporter who welcomed our ideas about increasing reproductive health advocacy.

Mary Campbell testifying

Mary Campbell testifying against a bill at Lobby Days

Mary Campbell testifies

Mary Campbell (far right) with other Planned Parenthood volunteers and interns at Lobby Days