TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law banning abortions for 15 weeks Thursday, as the state joined a growing conservative campaign to restrict access to the procedure before of a US Supreme Court decision that could roll back abortion rights. In America.
“This will represent the most important protections for life that have been enacted in this state in a generation,” DeSantis said as he signed the bill at an evangelical church in the city of Kissimmee.
Republicans across the country have moved to impose new restrictions on abortion after the US Supreme Court signaled it would uphold a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks. The High Court
The decision, expected this summer, could potentially weaken or overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established abortion rights across the country.
The law DeSantis signed Thursday deals a significant blow to overall abortion access in the South, where Florida has provided broader access to the procedure than its regional neighbors.
The new law
, which takes effect July 1, contains exceptions if the abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother, prevent serious injury, or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality. It does not allow exemptions in cases where the pregnancies were caused by rape, incest or human trafficking, despite several Democratic attempts to amend the bill. Under current law, Florida allows abortions up to 24 weeks.