DeSantis Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks

Screenshot/Twitter/Ron DeSantis

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Laurel Duggan Social Issues and Culture Reporter
Font Size:

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday banning most abortions in the state after 15 weeks.

The legislation changes Florida’s abortion limit from six months’ gestation to fifteen weeks, with exceptions in place for medical emergencies threatening the life and health of the mother and for cases of fatal fetal abnormalities.

Florida’s new law comes weeks before the Supreme Court is expected to decide on the constitutionality of a similar Mississippi law banning most abortions at 15 weeks. The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and gives the Court a chance to potentially overturn Roe or redefine the generally-understood point of fetal viability.

“The bill today will provide protections for unborn children from abortion when the child reaches fifteen weeks of gestational age,” DeSantis said in a speech before signing the bill. “Of course, these are babies that have heartbeats and that can feel pain and can move.” (RELATED: Yelp Exec: Abortion Access Is ‘Fundamental’ To Women’s Success In The Workplace)

Planned Parenthood Action said the legislation was part of a “connected, coordinated attack on our rights.”

The Susan B. Anthony List supported the measure.

“The bill signed today may save more than 3,300 lives a year by protecting babies and moms from cruel and dangerous late abortions,” the organization said.

All content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation, an independent and nonpartisan newswire service, is available without charge to any legitimate news publisher that can provide a large audience. All republished articles must include our logo, our reporter’s byline and their DCNF affiliation. For any questions about our guidelines or partnering with us, please contact