This Is What Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Mean for Florida

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By Mivette Vega

May 3, 2022

According to the draft released on Monday, each state would be able to make its own laws. Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks.

After Politico released a draft opinion on Monday suggesting that the Supreme Court could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Florida lawmakers took to social media to red-flag the implications of reversing the ruling on the case that legalized abortion nationwide.

State Rep. Anna Eskamani (D-47) said this should be a wake-up call for people in the United States.

“This is what we expected & should be a wake-up call to Americans everywhere — none of our rights are guaranteed, we have to fight for them and fight to protect them. That means voting, defending bodily autonomy & helping those who are most marginalized be able to access abortion,” Eskamani wrote on Twitter.

RELATED: Florida Senate Passes 15-Week Abortion Ban

Abortion is still legal in the US, however, the representative highlighted the importance of supporting abortion funds, which are distributed to women in need through organizations, providing money to directly cover the cost of abor­tion proced­ures, as well as other collat­eral needs like trans­port­a­tion, lodging, food, child­ care, and doula services. 

State Rep. Carlos G. Smith (D-49) pointed out how Floridians’ freedoms may be at risk. 

“THIRTEEN states have ‘trigger laws’ where the second Roe’s struck down, ALL ABORTIONS BECOME ILLEGAL. NINE states banned it before Roe was law. Florida is NOT one of these states b/c of our constitutional right to privacy, which is at risk. I stand ready to DEFEND that right!” wrote Smith.

According to the Politico report, the draft of the majority of the Supreme Court, written by Justice Sam Alito says, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start and that the issue of whether abortions are legal, should be returned to the people’s representatives.”

That would mean each state would be able to make its own laws.

The justices are basing their ruling on a Mississippi case, where the state banned abortions after 15 weeks.

Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law similar to Mississippi’s, and some Republican state lawmakers said at the time, that they want to go even further and completely ban abortion.

RELATED: Charlie Crist and Florida Democrats Blast Gov. DeSantis’ ‘Dirty Dozen’ Bills. This Is Why.

President Joe Biden said a decision overturning Roe would raise the stakes for voters in November’s heated midterm elections.

“If the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose,” Biden said. “And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”


  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.



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