DeSantis signs 15-week abortion ban into law

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in Osceola County on Thursday, where he signed Florida’s bill banning abortions after 15 weeks into law.

He spoke from Nacion de Fe in Kissimmee, where signs read, “Florida is pro-life.”


“We are here today to defend those that can’t defend themselves,” he said. “It is the most significant protection for life that’s been enacted in this state in a generation.”

DeSantis said being a parent is a big responsibility, but it’s something he “wouldn’t trade for the world.”

“This is a statement of our values, that every life is important,” he said.

The GOP-controlled Senate passed House Bill 5 in March.

The legislation specifically says a doctor may not perform an abortion “if the physician determines the gestational age of the fetus is more than 15 weeks.”

It does not grant exemptions for rape, incest or human trafficking. Exceptions include if the abortion is necessary to save a mother’s life or to prevent serious injury to the mother.

Attendees at the Thursday event praised the governor, calling him “the most pro-life governor in the country.”

Supporters of the bill have said 15 weeks would be enough time to make the decision to receive an abortion.

“Being a parent even when you want your child is fundamentally a sacrifice. But it is a privilege. It is a gift that God has given us all. It is the highest gift that he can give us,” Rep. Randy Fine (R) said. “You’ve got two sets of rights that are fundamentally in conflict. You’ve got the right of a woman to do what she wants with her body. And you have the right of a baby to exist. And both of these rights cannot exist at the same time.”

Democrats have harshly disagreed.

“All abortion bans are extreme. They rob women and people of the freedom to make their own decisions,” Rep. Carlos G Smith (D) said.

Planned Parenthood officials said Floridians should have the freedom to make their own medical decisions.

“No person can truly call themselves free if they can’t make decisions about their own body,” said Stephanie Fraim.

Fraim is the President and CEO at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

“This law is an attack on our freedom,” she said. “We should stand up and say you cannot control me, you cannot take my freedom away from me. We need this healthcare.”

The new law is not a closed deal for pro-choice advocates who argue it is unconstitutional. Fraim said Planned Parenthood is considering challenging the legislation in court.

This from a governor that cut off extra government paid unemployment for Covid early, has a ridiculous low state unemployment, has cut and tried to cut further food assistance for children including child school lunches.  This governor has also fought any attempts to protect children in schools from Covid, fought vaccines for children and families, and has slashed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at a time it was needed most.   And also in a weird way of showing how much they care about children this state pushed the don’t say gay bills that will leave LGBTQ+ kids target of bigots and being bullied by kids with bigoted parents.    

3 thoughts on “DeSantis signs 15-week abortion ban into law

  1. I can’t mark this as a “Like” because I believe, from the very core of my being, that what this governor (and others as well) has done is ONE OF the most abominable and wicked actions that can be done to a woman by a MAN.

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    1. Hello Nan. I agree. I just wonder how otherwise smart people can be so ignorant and blind on this issue. It is clearly not about children because as I said DeathSantis has done all he can to hurt poor kids in Florida. Red state governors have done the same. They would rather have hungry kids with desperate parents willing to take a low wage job with bad conditions that makes businesses happy. So if it is not about kids what is it about? The control of the female’s bodies? A return to traditional control over women? What do the Republican women in office get out of it? I can see the men, they gain more control over women, but the female Republicans must see they are building the chains that hurt their own. Or is it what one person said, a war on poor women as women with means can find ways to safely abort? In many ways I think it is the latter.

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      1. I think that women who are against abortion have been hoodwinked by the MEN who are against it (besides, it leans towards being a “religious” issue and you know how some churches are all about women’s submission).

        Yes, I’m well aware that there are women who make a bunch of noise against it, but IMO if they were in an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy, I feel quite certain they would be inclined to see things MUCH differently. (Moreover, you know and I know there are certain women who have the “means” to have an abortion without anyone knowing about it.)

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