Florida 6-Week Abortion Ban Takes Effect

(FeaturedHeadlines.com) A strict abortion law became effective in Florida on Wednesday, May 1, which essentially bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

Florida has recently seen a massive surge in abortion tourism as nearly 9,300 people traveled to the Sunshine State in 2023 from neighboring conservative states where abortion was already banned. After the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, Florida allowed abortions up to 15 weeks. Last year, this relatively lenient law allowed state medical practitioners to perform 84,000 abortions which is nearly 8.3% of the total procedures carried out across the country.

However, this trend is likely to reverse now as the state has banned abortion after six weeks, except in rape, incest, and human trafficking cases where the bar is still set at 15 weeks.

The latest law also allows practitioners to perform abortions to save the life of a woman or help her from any physical impairment. Many practitioners, however, avoid these cases to prevent potential legal actions against their facilities.

In the lead-up to the ban, many abortion clinics in Florida worked round the clock to accommodate as many people as possible. There was confusion among the public about the timeline of the bill since Governor Ron DeSantis signed this bill into law almost a year ago, but it was challenged in the state Supreme Court, which delayed its implementation.

Meanwhile, pro-life groups appreciated the new law. The chairman of one such organization, Liberty Counsel, stated that Florida has taken exceptional steps to protect unborn babies and facilitate their mothers. He praised the $25 million initiative of the Florida government that allows pregnancy centers statewide to counsel and help pregnant women and eventually persuade them to give birth instead of going towards abortion.

Abortion is likely to be a hot-button issue in the 2024 elections, with Democrats already campaigning on it to mobilize their progressive and female voters. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Florida on the day this law became effective to capitalize on the issue.

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