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Florida’s 15-week abortion ban is now law

By Brigid Kennedy The Week

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday signed into law a new, 15-week abortion ban, bringing the sunshine state in line with a slew of anti-abortion measures passing through Republican legislatures nationwide, The Associated Press reports.

The law, similar in design to the Mississippi ban currently under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court, does not make exceptions for instances of rape, incest, or human trafficking; abortions after 15 weeks are only permitted if the parent’s health is threatened or if the baby has a “fatal fetal abnormality,” per The Miami Herald. It’s “the strictest prohibition passed in Florida during the Roe v. Wade era.”

DeSantis signed the ban into law at a church in Kissimmee, Florida, surrounded by supporters who celebrated with applause and cheers.


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