Florida Abortion Providers Sue Over DeSantis’ 15-Week Abortion Ban

Florida Abortion Providers Sue Over DeSantis’ 15-Week Abortion Ban

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By Giselle Balido

June 2, 2022

Opponents of the new legislation argue that it violates the state’s constitutional protections and are asking a state court to block it while its constitutionality is considered.

It is currently legal to get an abortion up to the 24th week of pregnancy in Florida. However, that could change after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in April signed into law a bill that bans all abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest and only allows abortions past 15 weeks in cases of a medical emergency or if there’s a “fatal fetal abnormality,” according to an Axios report.

The law, which is set to take effect July 1, requires that abortions be reported to the state, along with information on why the procedure was provided.

Is it Constitutional?

Arguing that the ban violates the state’s constitutional protections, intrudes on the privacy rights of women, and denies them autonomy over their bodies, abortion providers have filed a lawsuit asking a state court to temporarily block the law while its constitutionality is considered.

The providers in the case are represented by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Patients may need abortion care after 15 weeks for many reasons, whether it be related to a health condition that develops as the pregnancy progresses, or delays to care directly related to inequitable access to medical care, which is especially pronounced for women and girls living in poverty,” explained Shelly Tien, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and abortion care provider at Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida.

Tien also stated that restricting abortion access “will result in forced pregnancies, forced childbirth, and for some, forced parenting,” adding that “everyone should have the fundamental right to make these deeply personal decisions that profoundly impact the arc of their lives within the privacy of the physician-patient relationship.”

A Decisive Ruling

At this time, the Supreme Court is reviewing a challenge to a similar law in Mississippi that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Florida is watching the decision, since it could call into question the survival of Roe v. Wade. A ruling is expected at some point in June.



  • Giselle Balido

    Giselle is Floricua's political correspondent. She writes about the economy, environmental and social justice, and all things Latino. A published author, Giselle was born in Havana and grew up in New Jersey and Miami. She is passionate about equality, books, and cats.

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