Statement from Florida Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book on Judge Ruling 15-Week Abortion Ban Unconstitutional:
“Just hours before Florida’s cruel 15-week abortion ban with no exceptions for survivors of sexual assault was set to take effect, a judge rightfully ruled that the law was unconstitutional. The clear overreaches were exposed and the ruling reaffirms that the rights of women, girls, and sexual assault survivors in Florida will not be further eroded! Extremist GOP leaders will continue their crusade to strip away women’s rights and freedoms — that much is clear — but make no mistake: advocates for choice and for women to have autonomy over their bodies will be there at every turn, continuing to fight with everything we have until women’s rights are fully restored. Thank you to Planned Parenthood, their supporters, and to Judge Cooper for upholding Florida’s Constitution which clearly protects abortion access in our state.”
Senator Lauren Book (D-Broward County) is the elected leader of the Florida Senate Democrats and led her Caucus in the fight against this extreme 15-week abortion ban. A survivor of sexual assault, Book introduced three amendments to carve out exceptions for survivors of rape, incest, and human trafficking which died along party lines – even after she shared a gut-wrenching personal story on the Senate Floor.