Florida's 15 Week Abortion Law deemed Unconstitutional by Judge
A major setback for Republican lawmakers, but a subtle victory for pro-choice advocates...
An obvious setback for the wild Republican known as Flordia Governor Ron DeSantis and other lawmakers, a Florida judge has deemed it unconstitutional to ban abortions at 15 weeks which has been the newest craze in Florida state laws.
Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Cooper said that he would issue a temporary injunction that will go into effect once he signs the written order in the challenge brought by Florida abortion providers.
In the short term, the decision is a victory for abortion rights advocates in the state as it comes a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right for a woman to have an abortion - one that has existed for half a century. Abortion will now remain legal in Florida until 24 weeks of pregnancy.
"While we are disappointed with today's ruling, we know that the pro-life HB 5 will ultimately withstand all legal challenges.”
Christina Pushaw, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, said.
"Politicians like the Governor have no business restricting Floridians' health freedoms. The law was a gross interference in personal medical decisions that should be between patients and their doctors."
Manny Diaz, the Florida Democratic Party Chair, said.
DeSantis originally signed the new abortion restriction in April of this year. The bill stated that there would be a statewide abortion ban at 15 weeks of pregnancy with no exemptions for women who become pregnant as a result of rape, human trafficking, or incest. The law would allow for abortions in cases where a pregnancy is a "serious risk" to the mother or if a fatal fetal abnormality is detected and two physicians confirm the diagnosis in writing.
According to Cooper, who made the ruling official, the ban proposed by DeSantis and other Republican lawmakers "violates the privacy provision of the Florida Constitution."