Florida poised to limit abortions as Supreme Court mulls Roe

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would sign a 15-week abortion ban into law.

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March 4, 2022 - 4:05 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown here in 2020, recently stressed the importance of the subject of critical race theory ahead of<strong id="strong-22b591bc7f87fd47eadb57e431ee4b49"> </strong> the 2022 elections, which include his gubernatorial reelection bid. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday said he would sign a 15-week abortion ban into law after Florida’s legislature joined the trend of Republican-led states anticipating a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could sharply limit abortion rights in America.

DeSantis, a Republican, told reporters at a news conference in Jacksonville that “I think that we’ll be able to sign that in short order,” a day after the GOP-controlled statehouse approved the bill following a series of emotional debates that often veered into painful, personal stories.

Republicans across the country are moving to replicate a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi that the Supreme Court seems poised to uphold this summer. If the court weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade, Florida could be less of a destination for women throughout the South whose states have more restrictive abortion laws.

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