Parental Consent Abortion Bill, A Look At Florida Census Data & Haitian Art Exhibit PÒTOPRENS

Apr 25, 2019

On today’s episode of Sundial, WLRN reporter Nadege Green fills in for host for Luis Hernandez.

A bill making its way through the state legislature would require minors to get consent from parents or a legal guardian before they get an abortion. The bill, sponsored by Vero Beach Republican Rep. Erin Grall, recently passed through the Florida House of Representatives. Florida is already a notification state, meaning that a parent must be notified before a minor can undergo the medical procedure. The proposal for a parental consent requirement has sparked a fierce debate among advocates and lawmakers. We spoke to the Florida State Policy Director for the Florida Latina Advocacy Network, Charo Valero, about the legislation.

Note: WLRN has reached out to Grall but we have yet to receive a comment.

Preparation is underway for the upcoming 2020 Census. The U.S. Census released data last week indicating that South Florida’s population continues to grow. In fact, Miami-Dade is ranked among the top 10 counties in growth over the past decade. We spoke to Luke Rogers, the Chief of Population Estimates Branch of the United States Census Bureau, about the new demographic data for all of South Florida and about what his office is doing to prepare for the 2020 Census. 

There is a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami. The exhibit, called “PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince,” represents Haiti’s historical and cultural traditions. It will showcase work from 20 Haitian and Haiti-based artists with a focus on the island’s capital. Visitors can expect to see multi-media art forms including paintings, film, sculptures, and photography. We heard from co-curator Leah Gordon and Jean-Daniel Lafontant, a special advisor for the exhibit and renowned Vodou priest from the temple Nah-Ri-Veh based in Bel Air, Port-au-Prince. The opening reception will take place April 26, from 6-9 p.m.