New law in Florida restricts the right to abortion

New law in Florida restricts the right to abortion
New law in Florida restricts the right to abortion

Florida will see a new extremely restrictive law come into force this Wednesday, May 1, regarding the right to abortion. This southeastern American state will now prohibit any voluntary termination of pregnancy after six weeks, compared to fifteen weeks previously. US President Joe Biden holds his Republican opponent Donald Trump responsible for this “nightmare”. The former American president regularly congratulates himself on being at the origin of the spectacular reversal of jurisprudence of the Supreme Court in June 2022.

The institution, to which he had given a very conservative composition, had then shattered the protection at the federal level of the right to abortion, returning responsibility to the States. “Today, an extremist abortion ban goes into effect in Florida, banning abortion before many women even know they are pregnant,” Biden said in a statement.

US Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting Republican-led state Florida to deliver a speech criticizing Mr Trump as a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy came into force. Democrats are trying to make abortion one of the key issues in the 2024 presidential election, believing that it is a way to win votes against Donald Trump.

According to excerpts released by her campaign team from her speech in Jacksonville, she is expected to say: “This ban applies to many women before they even know they are pregnant, which tells us that the extremists who wrote this ban don’t even know how a woman’s body works. Or they don’t care.”

Ms. Harris is also expected to criticize statements by Donald Trump, who, in an interview published Tuesday in Time magazine, said that states could monitor women’s pregnancies to see if they had abortions despite the law. ‘prohibition.

The former Republican president maintains an ambiguous policy on the question of abortion. If he regularly boasts of his decisive role in the end of the famous “Roe versus Wade” jurisprudence which protected this right, he is careful not to openly declare his support for a federal ban, demanded by the religious right. Asked by “Time” magazine to know if he would veto such a law in the event of re-election, the 77-year-old tycoon, targeted by numerous criminal proceedings, kicked in.

By heading to Florida, Democrats are bringing the issue of abortion rights directly into the stronghold of Donald Trump, who spends most of his time at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is behind the ban on abortion beyond six weeks. He signed into law a bill in April 2023 to lower the limit from 15 weeks to six weeks.

In April, the Florida Supreme Court confirmed the entry into force of this law, but at the same time returned the final decision to voters. The latter will vote in November, at the same time as the presidential and legislative elections, on an amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion in the south-eastern state.

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