After approving a 15-week abortion ban last summer, the Florida legislature sent a 6-week abortion ban to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk, which has indicated that he will sign off on.
The ban would leave exceptions to protect the life of the mother and would allow women 15 weeks if they were a victim of rape or incest.
The 6-week abortion ban would have Florida join eleven other states that ban abortion at or before six weeks, with most being deep-red states such as Idaho and North Dakota.
While some states have passed more restrictive abortion bans after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, other left-leaning states such as California and Michigan have removed all or most restrictions.
The law could be a major boon to DeSantis’ prospective Presidential campaign as he tries to present his conservative bonafides to voters across the country on the heels of visits to Ohio and Michigan.
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Conservatives across the state celebrated it as a major victory while Democrats decried it was a blow to women’s ‘reproductive rights’.
The Epoch Times Reports–
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— New York Post (@nypost) April 13, 2023
The Republican-led Florida House approved a bill to ban most abortions after six weeks’ gestation on April 13, sending the bill to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.
HB 7, which passed the Senate on April 4, would reduce the state’s current gestational limit on abortion—15 weeks—by more than half.
However, the bill does allow for certain exceptions, such as if the mother’s life is deemed to be at risk. Additionally, in cases where the mother is a victim of rape, incest, or human trafficking, abortion will be legal up until 15 weeks of pregnancy. And, if a fatal fetal anomaly is detected, abortion will remain an option up until 27 weeks.
The law also specifies that drugs for a medical abortion could only be dispensed in person or by a physician.
“We have the opportunity to lead the national debate about the importance of protecting life and giving every child the opportunity to be born and find his or her purpose,” said Republican state Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, who carried the bill in the House.
Democrats, however, have criticized the measure as extreme.