Florida Senate Approves 15 Week Abortion Ban – It’s Expected To Pass Into Law Next Week if Governor DeSantis Agrees

Toby Hazlewood

No exceptions for rape or incest

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Late on Thursday March 3, Florida's State Legislature voted 23 to 15 in favor of new measures that will crush freedom of choice for women in the state wanting to terminate a pregnancy after 15 weeks.

The controversial bill - the 'Fatal and Infant Mortality Reduction' bill (SB 146) has been progressing through the state's government since January 2022 and it now looks likely that it will pass into law as early as next week. There seems little doubt that Governor DeSantis will provide his approval when it passes onto his desk.

The law will prevent abortions after 15-weeks, and further remove exemptions granted in the case of rape or incest. Florida is following in the footsteps of other Republican-led states such as Texas and Mississippi that have introduced similar restrictions on women's freedom of choice.

Mississippi is also challenging Roe vs Wade

Various states have been looking at measures which reduce the freedom of choice for their female residents, denying them the right to choose whether pregnancies are carried to term or not, regardless of the circumstances that led to conception.

Furthermore, the ability for citizens or state leaders to challenge such laws may be further constrained in the near future.

Overturning Roe vs Wade?

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering testimony given in December 2021 in a landmark case - Dobbs vs Jackson Women's Health Organization. This would weaken or even overturn the legal precedent - Roe vs Wade - which was the landmark case that effectively legalized abortion rights for women in the U.S.

In challenging the law, Mississippi is also seeking to allow abortions up to 15-weeks. It seems likely too that the case could be upheld, with 6 of 9 Supreme Court Justices being right-leaning conservatives.

Meanwhile, it seems that the rights and freedoms of pregnant women in Florida may have just taken a backwards step.

What do you think of the approval of this bill into Florida's Law? Is the state not in favor of freedom of choice for expectant mothers just as much as other freedoms? Let me know in the comments section below.

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