Florida Supreme Court upholds state's abortion ban, but says pro-abortion measure can appear on November ballot
· Apr 2, 2024 · NottheBee.com

A mixed bag out of Florida this week:

While the Florida Supreme Court upheld a 15-week abortion ban on Monday, voters will have the final say in November.

The upholding of the 15-week ban is pretty straightforward; notably, the implementation of that law has "triggered the Heartbeat Protection Act, a 'more stringent' restriction which limits abortion to six weeks." That was passed last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis:

The ballot measure was a bit more complex, with the state's attorney general arguing last year that it failed to meet the state's "single-subject" requirements for a ballot proposal:

The text of the proposed Florida amendment would order that "no law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient's health, as determined by the patient's health care provider."

[Florida Attorney General Ashley] Moody in her op-ed criticized the pro-abortion group's use of the term "viability," calling the term misleading and saying the proponents have not attempted to clarify the term.

"As any mother knows, ‘viability' has two meanings when it comes to pregnancy," she wrote.

The justices on Monday argued that the measure contained "lack of candor or accuracy," and that "the ballot language plainly informs voters" on what it is they'll be voting.

The measure will appear on the election ballot in November; the six-week abortion ban goes into effect in 30 days.

Will Floridians uphold the lives of babies in November?

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