Florida: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has agreed to a bill. Under this, women in Florida cannot have an abortion after 6 weeks. There were strong criticisms of this bill. The White House has justified the bill as not fair to women. According to the bill introduced in Florida, women cannot get an abortion after 6 weeks, on the other hand, women can only get an abortion after 15 weeks if the health of the woman is at risk from the pregnancy. Along with this, women have also been given exemption in the bill that if a woman has become pregnant after being a victim of sexual harassment, then in such a situation also she can get an abortion within 15 days only. The White House condemned the move.
He said that this bill is against fundamental freedom and many American citizens do not agree with this bill. In a statement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the ban would affect Florida’s four million women of reproductive age because it is difficult to detect pregnancy until six weeks later. Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature passed the bill by a vote of 70 against 40. It was the second time in a year that Florida has cut the term for abortions. In April 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis shortened the abortion time in Florida. He reduced it from 24 to 15 weeks in April.
However, there was no exception for sexual harassment or incest. A bill restricting abortions after 6 weeks in Florida will not go into effect until the Florida Supreme Court rules on an appeal filed by several unions against the 15-week limit, arguing that the law violates the state confidentiality clause. DeSantis has introduced this bill to strengthen his credibility among Florida’s conservative citizens as he may run for the US presidential election in 2024. There are supporters of this law introduced in Florida and on the other hand there are its critics.
Supporters of the bill claim that it will protect the lives of innocent children. The democratic opposition and activists in favor of abortion rights say that the state should not interfere in private decisions, as this could put many women at risk.