DeSantis Signs 15-Week Abortion Ban Into Law
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) enacted a bill banning all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with an exception only in cases of a medical emergency or a “fatal fetal abnormality.”
“This is a time where these babies have beating hearts. They can move. They can taste. They can see. They can feel pain. They can suck their thumbs, and they have brain waves,” DeSantis said.
The governor lambasted those with far-left abortion beliefs.
“They are taking the position that babies can be aborted up to the ninth month,” he said. “What they would say is, ‘parent holding that child, if you just go back a day or two, then you would have been able to snuff the child out entirely.'”
“That is just fundamentally wrong, that is infanticide, and that has no place,” DeSantis said.
The law will go into effect on July 1. Currently, Florida law permits abortions up until the 24th week of pregnancy.
“This will represent the most significant protections for life that have been enacted in this state in a generation,” DeSantis said.
Planned Parenthood condemned the bill and DeSantis for signing it.
“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,” said Alexandra Mandado, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida.