Following the landmark overturning of Roe v Wade by the United States Supreme Court, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a major statement promising to expand “pro-life protections.”
Politico reported on the situation saying that “DeSantis didn’t provide details on how he or Florida’s GOP-controlled House and Senate would seek to further restrict abortion access in the state. Republican legislative leaders had previously signaled a willingness to pursue more prohibitions during next year’s legislative session.”
DeSantis made this statement shortly after Florida officially became a Republican state.
“Florida will continue to defend its recently enacted pro-life reforms against state court challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care and child welfare,” DeSantis tweeted.
The state of Florida recently approved a ban on abortions after 15 weeks and there was a hearing this morning aiming to block the passage of the ban backed by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Stephanie Fraim, said “We will not sit idly by while our freedoms are stripped away like this — we will not stop fighting for our rights.”
This ban comes in light of the anti-abortion group, Florida Voice for the Unborn, calling on lawmakers to enact a statewide abortion ban instead of a 15 week ban. Founder and CEO of Florida Voice for the Unborn, Andrew Shrivell made a statement saying “NOW is the time for Governor DeSantis and the Legislature to act so that a full statutory ban is in place while any litigation in the state courts plays out.”
On Friday Florida Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls advised to focus on passing the 15 week abortion ban that was passed in February.
As Florida legislators decide on how they will regulate abortion in their state, it will be interesting to see how other states make changes to abortion rights.
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