Okaloosa and Walton county Pastors call on Senate Gaetz

signatures to hear pro-life legislation

Pro-life legislation passed by the House is at risk of defeat in the Senate if leaders don’t allow it for a vote.


Two letters have been signed by statewide faith leaders and local area pastors and were delivered to Senate President Don Gaetz today to request his support for pro-life issues that have still not been added to the Senate agenda.

Last week the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 1129 and HB 759.

HB 1129 places increased safeguards towards providing healthcare to infants born alive during a botched abortion, and HB 759 places protections for unborn victims of violence when a perpetrator kills or harms women who are pregnant.

Earlier this session, Senate President Gaetz was reported to say that his local constituents did not mention life legislation in their priorities when he knocked on doors over that weekend. The letter he received on Friday is a clear message from his local constituents that pro-life legislation is indeed a priority and should not be neglected during this Legislation Session.

Recognizing Senator Gaetz’s position of respect, local faith leaders and pastors are asking him to allow these good bills to come before the Senate for a vote.

Signed by:

Dr. David Malheiro, Grace Church, Ft. Walton Beach
Charles Sansom, Jr., Family of Faith Community Church, Ft. Walton Beach
Dr. Barry Karpenter, Lead Pastor Destin United Methodist
Dr. Howard Gates, Pastor First Baptist Church, Ft. Walton Beach
Bernard Johnson Sr, New Restoration Ministry
Lois A Johnson, New Restoration Ministry
Rev. Clair Ogle, Executive Director, Hosanna House
Rev. Jason Poole, Senior Pastor, Destin Assembly of God
George Shealy, Pastor, The Rock Ministries, Ft. Walton Beach
Dewey Roberts, Pastor Cornerstone Presbyterian Destin Florida
Dr. Steven Davies, Village Baptist Church, Destin
Charles Sansom Sr., Pastor/President, Ft. Walton Beach Ministerial Association
Michael Hesse, Pastor Immanuel Anglican Destin Florida
Jeff Rouff, Pastor Living Hope Church, Ft. Walton Beach
Kevin Wendt, Senior Pastor Grace Lutheran Church
Steve Vaggalis, Destiny Worship Center, Miramar Beach
Farren Roper, Sr. Pastor 1st Baptist Church, Destin
Pastor Travis Cook, Rocky bayou Baptist Church, Niceville
Rev Doug Fannon, Pastor, Rosemont Baptist Church, President of the Twin Cities Ministerial Association
Pastor Joshua Young, Kingdom Life Vision Center
Pastor Jodi Young, Kingdom Life Vision Center

For Media:
Florida Right to Life
tel. 407-834-LIFE

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