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Florida House passes GOP 15-week abortion ban

Early Thursday, the Florida House of Representatives approved a ban against abortions after 15 week.

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Florida House passes GOP 15-week abortion ban

This was in an effort to restrict access to the procedure before a U.S. The Supreme Court could limit American abortion rights.

After hours of deliberation between Democrats who claimed the measure would place an unnecessary burden on women, and Republicans who claimed they were protecting unborn children, the GOP-controlled House approved the 15-week ban on abortion.

"This is the right of life, and to give up that life is unconscionable for me," stated Republican Rep. Dana Trabulsy. She disclosed that she had previously had an abortion but has regretted it every day since.

After the U.S. Supreme Court indicatedit would uphold the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, several Republicans are now moving to place new restrictionson abortion. This could potentially overturn the historic Roe v. Wade decision. This case will be decided in the latter part of this year.

Arizona and West Virginia GOP legislators this week voted for their own 15-week abortion bans. Republicans in other states are following the Texas law, which effectively prohibits abortions after six weeks.

The Florida bill allows for exceptions in the event that abortion is required to save the life of a mother, prevent serious injury to her mother, or if there is a fatal abnormality. The state allows abortions for up to 24 weeks.

Democrats have repeatedly refused to include additional exceptions in the bill that would apply to pregnancies resulting from rape, incest, or human trafficking.

Rep. Robin Bartleman (Democrat) stated that "as a woman, it is my right make decisions about me body and what's in the best interests of my family." "God forbid that your 11-year-old is raped or pregnant, and you discover after 15 weeks that you are not allowed to have an abortion on your daughter, that's what the law says."

A group of activists in the House Gallery broke out into a chant "my body, My Choice" shortly before the House debate ended. This forced the chamber to stop before lawmakers could cast their votes. A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated that 25 of the activists were given trespassing notices by Capitol police and they were banned from the House for a year. The spokeswoman stated that one person was charged with false identification or giving false name.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (a Republican) has indicated his support for this proposal. The bill now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate.


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