Less than 24 hours ago, the Florida Senate made another decision regarding abortion—and for those who are pro-choice, they will likely not be happy about it. According to reports, the majority Republican Florida Senate gave final approval to a bill to officially ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, making the ban one step closer to becoming a state law.
Florida’s abortion bill, which would take effect on July 1st, would only make exceptions to the 15-week restriction in cases when the mother is at risk of death or “irreversible physical impairment,” or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality.
Unsurprisingly, once the abortion bill is sent to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, he is expected to sign it into law, as he has been extremely vocal about his support for the ban on abortions. For a refresher on what this means for Florida residents, if the bill is enacted it would significantly reduce access to late-term abortions for women who seek to end their pregnancies in Florida and also those who travel from other states hoping to have the procedure done. You’ll recall that a similar ban is also in current legislation in the state of Texas.
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Currently, Florida allows abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy without a mandatory waiting period, meaning a woman can terminate her pregnancy the day she arrives at a clinic, however if this new bill is signed into law, it would cut that time limit by more than half.
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