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DeSantis Signs Anti-Woman Bill

Apr 17, 2023

Florida’s legislature passed a law outlawing abortion after 6 weeks, last Thursday. Governor Ron DeSantis later signed it into law.

Six weeks is a particularly disgusting time limit for the start of an abortion ban, since many women don’t even know they are pregnant at six weeks. By the time they do know, they could be well beyond the time for a legal abortion.

In passing this new law, Florida politicians hope to impose an even harsher limit than they already put in place with an earlier law that requires women to seek abortions within 15 weeks of conception. The new law will only take effect if the earlier 15-week limit is upheld in a legal challenge currently underway in the state supreme court, which has a conservative majority.

Written as a “compromise,” the new law has exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the pregnant woman. In fact, women pregnant through rape or incest would be allowed the previous limit of 15 weeks to receive an abortion—IF they provide documentation such as a restraining order or a police report!

This kind of provision will force women caught beyond the six-week limit to lie to the police to receive an abortion in rape cases. OR it could place abused girls and women in real physical danger. Because to report their incest/rape/abuse to the police does not mean they will be given physical protection from their abuser! Nor will the abused girl or woman be given financial assistance to move to a safe place.

The kinds of hoops the law would force women through, to receive what SHOULD be basic health care, are monstrous.

And why? Just so a bunch of Republican politicians, including presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, as he eyes a run for president, can pose in front of the cameras and make statements about "Supporting life and family in the state of Florida."