Florida is NOT among the 23 states that will ban abortion if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe Vs. Wade.
It's official. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to overturn two key decisions that protected the right to abortion in the United States. Leaked transcripts showed that the court plans to overturn Roe Vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood Vs. Casey sometime in June. While the decision is not yet final and overturning these two cases wouldn't ban abortions on a federal level, there's an extremely high probability that by the end of next month, abortion will be banned in many states across America.
23 States and a few U.S. Territories have what's known as "trigger laws", which are laws they've drafted that would outright ban abortion. These laws are designed to ban abortions in all cases, something which would be federally illegal to do currently. But the moment the Supreme Court repeals those two bedrocks of constitutional protections, the trigger would be pressed, the laws would be signed, and abortion would be a criminal act akin to murder from that point forward.
Data from the Center for Reproductive Rights shows that Alabama, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, all have laws waiting to take effect the moment the Supreme Court overrules, and Roe and Casey are overturned.
Notably absent from this list is the state of Florida, which has already passed a bill that merely seeks to restrict abortion access. Under the law, abortions will be illegal after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. The law does not make any exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or even child rape. The new law, which Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed last month, is set to take effect in July.
Florida is one of the states that plan to restrict abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court's plans become reality. Several other states have state-level protections, like Montana, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, New York, Maine, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, and more. Other states have no plans either way. These states include New Hampshire and New Mexico.
The Florida Governor held a press conference today and discussed the leaked transcript and the possibility of abortion protections being overturned and mentioned the law he signed back in April. He mentioned that Florida will not become a state where people can have abortions all the way up until "the day before the baby is born," and he also pointed to other countries, saying our abortion practices were "like China's."
This complements a bill he signed back in July of 2020 that requires parental consent for underage girls to get an abortion. For Florida, these laws might not stick either. Back in the 1980s, the right to privacy was added to the Florida State Constitution, which can be used to invalidate these new abortion laws if the State Supreme Court agrees that such abortion laws violate someone's right to medical privacy.