Planned Parenthood director and Florida House candidate Anna Eskamani spoke to members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Indian River County at their February luncheon.
Eskamani, an outspoken advocate for women’s health and equality, is senior director of public affairs and communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and a candidate for the Orlando-area District 47 seat.
“Restricting a woman’s access to healthcare” is a coercive policy, limiting a woman’s rights, she said. “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.” As examples, Eskamani emphasized two current bills in the state Legislature. These include the taxpayer funding of Crisis Pregnancy Centers and restrictions on second trimester abortions.
Eskamani also spoke about the current Florida Constitution Revision Commission and the importance of keeping the state’s constitutional right to privacy.
The 27-year-old Orlando native is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, earning two undergraduate and master’s degrees. She is currently a doctoral candidate in public affairs at UCF, where she is an adjunct professor in Women’s Studies.
Eskamani is one of several first-time female candidates whose pictures were featured on a recent cover of Time magazine. She stressed that the country needs more Democratic progressive women to run for office.
The daughter of Iranian immigrants, Eskamani said she was inspired to a life of activism by the death of her mother when Eskamani was 12 years old. She wanted to “honor her life through action.”
The next luncheon meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club will be held March 10.