Florida Senate Passes 15-week Abortion Ban, Governor Expected To Sign

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Florida’s Republican-majority Senate voted to ban abortions after 15 weeks of being pregnant, sending the invoice to the governor’s desk. Staunch conservative Gov. Ron DeSantis is predicted to signal the invoice into regulation.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Abortions after 15 weeks could be banned in Florida underneath a Republican invoice scheduled for last consideration within the GOP-controlled Senate later Thursday.

The proposal, which is predicted to have sufficient help for last passage, has brought on bitter debate because it moved by way of the legislature, as Republicans repeatedly rejected makes an attempt from Democrats so as to add exemptions for pregnancies brought on by rape, incest or human trafficking.

Republicans throughout the nation have moved to tighten entry to the process after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled it might uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and probably overturn Roe v. Wade. A choice in that case is predicted later this year.

The Florida invoice accommodates exceptions if the abortion is critical to avoid wasting a mom’s life, stop critical damage to the mom or if the fetus has a deadly abnormality. The state presently permits abortions as much as 24 weeks of being pregnant.

Sen. Lauren Book, a sexual abuse survivor who tried to amend the invoice to permit exemptions for rape, incest or human trafficking, revealed publicly for the primary time Wednesday an extra incident in her life. On the Senate ground, as she pleaded with lawmakers so as to add the exceptions, Book spoke of how she was drugged and raped by a number of males when she was a younger teenager.

“It’s not OK to force someone who’s been sexually assaulted and impregnated to carry that pregnancy to term if they don’t want too, it’s just not,” Book, a Democrat, mentioned by way of tears on the Senate ground. “And if a woman or a girl needs more than 15 weeks to decide, we should be able to give that to her.”

Republicans have mentioned the invoice is affordable and offers ladies sufficient time to think about whether or not to get an abortion.

“This bill does not ban abortion. You have the opportunity, if you so choose, to have an abortion, to have that choice. I think there is plenty of room within this bill to be able to act appropriately, and I don’t think it’s necessary to have the exceptions for rape and incest,” Sen. Kelli Stargel, a Republican, mentioned this week.

The laws has already handed the House. DeSantis, a Republican, has beforehand signaled his help for the proposal and is predicted to signal it into regulation.