Video: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell: The Six-Week Abortion Ban Is An Attack on Democracy

By Floricua Staff

April 23, 2024

After the Florida Supreme Court upheld the state’s current 15-week abortion ban earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 6-week ban will take effect May 1. The new law comes with exceptions for fatal fetal abnormalities and to protect the life of the mother. Victims of rape, incest, and human trafficking are allowed to get abortions up to 15 weeks if they provide evidence, such as a restraining order, a police report, or medical records. But a six-week ban, reproductive rights advocates say, would effectively ban most abortions in the state, as many women aren’t aware they’re pregnant by six weeks. They also say the ban will impact mainly low-income women, including women of color. Florida is home to 1.4 million Latinas of reproductive age, and of this population, 558,000 are economically insecure. “This is going to affect the health of tens of thousands of women,” Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the former Democratic Florida Congresswoman who is running to unseat Rick Scott in November, told Floricua. “We are going to see a rise in maternal mortality rates.”

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