With the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and Florida days away from a 15-week abortion limit taking effect, DeSantis is already eyeing further restrictions on abortion access.
Until Friday, when the Supreme Court tossed out the landmark 1973 abortion-rights decision, DeSantis had remained tight-lipped about whether he would seek to go further than a new state law preventing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The governor, who signed the law in April, issued a statement praising the Supreme Court ruling in a Mississippi case, saying the “prayers of millions have been answered.”
“Florida will continue to defend its recently-enacted pro-life reforms against state court challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care, and child welfare,” DeSantis said in a Twitter post.
While Republicans celebrated the ruling, abortion-rights advocates quickly announced they would hold rallies in opposition. They blasted the ruling as an attack on reproductive rights.
Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book, D-Plantation, predicted that Republicans could seek an “all-out” abortion ban in Florida.
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“With Florida Republicans cruelly proving their appetite for robbing women and girls victimized by the horrific trauma of rape, incest, and human trafficking of their right to an abortion after 15 weeks — period, end of sentence, no exceptions — it is clearly only a matter of time before our state also debates an all-out abortion ban,” Book said in a prepared statement.