Florida judge blocks temporary 15-week abortion ban – The Published Reporter®

The Florida abortion ban does not include exceptions for rape or incest cases. Commenting on the ruling, DeSantis said he expected it. File Photo: Aziz Karimov, Shutter Stock, Licensed.

TALLAHASSEE, FL — A Florida judge has overturned the state’s new 15-week abortion ban, which takes effect today. He said it is unconstitutional and issued a temporary injunction.

Groups such as Planned Parenthood of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state over the law passed by Republican lawmakers, alleging it violates the right to privacy in the state constitution.

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Circuit Judge John Cooper agreed, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal protections for abortions.

Rep. Yvonne Hinson, D-Gainesville, predicted that despite the new Florida ruling, the Ron DeSantis administration will keep its promise to fight to keep the ban.


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“He will not only appeal, but come back with the full weight of his office to try and implement a full ban,” Hinson emphasized. “We can expect that if we don’t go to the polls with that understanding.”

The Florida abortion ban does not include exceptions for rape or incest cases. Commenting on the ruling, DeSantis said he expected it and doesn’t think the state constitution mandates things like, in the governor’s words, “abortions cut into pieces.” Judge Cooper plans to issue the warrant on Tuesday.

Hinson urged anyone concerned about a possible outright abortion ban in Florida to make their voices heard in the polls, saying DeSantis has been able to get what he wants so far.

“I mean, he followed through on everything he said,” Hinson noted. “We have to believe him and we have to vote as we believe him because everything he does is intentional.”

Judge Cooper quoted Section 23 of the Florida Constitution, which states: “Every natural person has the right to be left alone and free from government interference in the private life of the person, unless otherwise provided herein.” Republicans have long struggled to restrict abortions in the state because of the privacy clause.