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About our Florida Abortion Rights news

Latest news on abortion in Florida, covering the 6-week and 15-week bans, legal challenges, constitutional amendments, protests, and the impact on women's reproductive rights in the Sunshine State.

Abortion in Florida has been a contentious issue, with recent legislation restricting access to the procedure. In April 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law, and in April 2023, he signed a 6-week ban, set to take effect on May 1, 2024. These laws have faced legal challenges from organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

On 1 April 2024, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the 15-week ban and overturned its previous ruling that the state constitution protected the right to abortion. This decision paved the way for the 6-week ban to take effect. However, in November 2024, voters will have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 4, which would provide a constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability.

Abortion rights protests have taken place across Florida, with demonstrations in Tallahassee, Miami, Tampa, and St. Petersburg following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022. Activists and healthcare providers have expressed concern about the impact of abortion restrictions on women's health and autonomy.

Florida has a long history of abortion-related legislation and legal battles. In 1989 and 2017, the state Supreme Court ruled that the constitution protected the right to abortion. However, the recent shift in the court's composition has led to a reversal of this precedent. The number of abortion clinics in the state has also declined over the years, with many counties lacking access to abortion services.

As the debate over abortion rights continues in Florida, this NewsNow feed aims to provide comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the latest developments. From legislative changes and court rulings to protests and personal stories, we strive to keep our readers informed about this critical issue affecting women's reproductive health and rights in the state.


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