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Abortion rights, then the Baker Act on Justice Matters, this Wednesday Jan 19 at 9am on Peace & Justice

Written by on Monday, January 17, 2022

This Wednesday at 9am we’ll interview Amy Weintraub from Progress Florida and Floridians for Reproductive Freedom. Amy will give us an update on the Florida bills pending to restrict abortion and also information about such things as the many fake clinics, the abortion pill available by mail, and where to find help.

And since it’s the third Wednesday of the month, the second half of our show will be devoted to JUSTICE MATTERS from the good people at Legal Aid of Manasota. They write:

Our first radio segment of 2022 is next Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 9:30 a.m.! Public Defender Larry Eger and Legal Aid of Manasota CEO Linda Harradine will be joined by Jennifer Sanchez, Chief Assistant Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Manatee County, and Rebecca Wilson, Assistant Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit’s juvenile division in Sarasota County.
This week’s topic is the Baker Act—what it is, how mental illness is defined, what is the criteria for an involuntary examination for minors and adults, who can initiate an involuntary examination, what happens within the first 72 hours and why there has recently been an uptick in juvenile Baker Acts. We’ll also discuss when Legal Aid may get involved.
Both Rebecca and Jennifer have been with the Public Defender’s office for more than two decades. Rebecca represents juveniles in delinquency proceedings who have been charged with crimes, and also attends meetings with County Commissioners to discuss the need for funding for juveniles with mental health issues. Jennifer has defended all levels of criminal offenses and has been doing Baker Act hearings for several years.