Roe v. Wade overturned: What does it mean for Florida?

ORLANDO, Fla. — Supreme Court justices decided to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.


The ruling now allows states to ban abortions. It is expected to lead to bans in about half of the states in the country.

Issued in 1973, the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade overturned a Texas state law that banned most abortions under the premise that such bans were unconstitutional.

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The ruling comes weeks after a draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion was leaked and published by Politico.

In April, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s abortion bill into law.

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The bill prohibits abortion after 15 weeks.

Sponsors of the bill said they chose the 15-week threshold because it’s the same time frame as an abortion ban passed by the state of Mississippi.

The bill also clarifies the term “gestation” to provide a more commonly understood and medically acceptable measurement of development, and expands programs to reduce fetal and infant deaths.

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Attorneys in the state are fighting an attempt to block the bill, which is slated to take effect on July 1.

Lawyers in Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office filed a 29-page document Monday urging Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper to reject a request by abortion clinics and a doctor for a temporary injunction against the limit.

The judge will hear arguments on June 27. The case could ultimately test whether a privacy clause in the Florida Constitution will protect abortion rights in the future, the News Service of Florida reported. The temporary-injunction arguments also show differences in issues such as fetal development and viability.

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We are waiting to hear from DeSantis to see if the state is planning to seek further abortion constraints in the post-Roe v. Wade era.

Channel 9 will continue to monitor the ruling throughout the day. Check back and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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