April 15, 2022

DeSantis Signs New Abortion Ban

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new abortion ban into law. The new law drops the legal time frame from 24 weeks to 15 weeks. There are no exceptions for rape or incest and the law only allows abortions past 15 weeks if there is a “fatal fetal abnormality” or in a case of medical emergency. The new law will take effect on July 1st. Critics are calling the ban unconstitutional and vowing to fight it in court.

The Background: 
There has been a number of new anti-abortion bills passed across the country in recent years. And a Mississippi law that has been escalated to the Supreme Court is causing some to expect Roe v. Wade to be overturned or significantly weakened this summer.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis added his state to a growing number of red states passing new pro-life legislation. The governor signed a 15-week abortion ban into law on Thursday.

“To be able to sign the bill here today is really, really meaningful. It's a statement to our values that every life is important," DeSantis said before signing the bill.

Abortion advocates are pushing back though. Alexandra Mandado, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida said, “We are appalled that this abortion ban was signed. Not only will it prevent health care providers — including those at Planned Parenthood — from giving their patients the best care possible, but it will limit options for people in many complex and potentially life threatening situations."

Mandado also said that her organization is looking at ways “to stop this unconstitutional ban from being implemented."

The abortion ban does not save all preborn babies from abortion, but it does reduce the number, and conservatives are calling it a step toward passing true anti-abortion legislation. 

Notable Quotes: 

"We are here today to defend those that can't defend themselves. It is the most significant protection for life that's been enacted in this state in a generation." - Governor Ron DeSantis

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