In response to the Governor’s rapid, late night signing of the 6-week abortion ban, with the effective date hinging on the Florida Supreme Court and how they rule on a lawsuit challenging last year’s 15-week abortion ban as unconstitutional, Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book (D-Davie) today shared this statement:
“Florida’s new abortion ban turns back the clock on women’s rights and essential freedoms – bringing the government into exam rooms and criminalizing women and their doctors over private healthcare decisions.
But let’s be clear: abortion until 15 weeks IS still legal in Florida, until the Supreme Court decides our fate. For now, keep your appointments for care and make new ones if you need them. If the law does go into effect, there will still be options for women – not in this state, but abortion funds will help women become medical refugees for needed healthcare. Do not take matters into your own hands, there are people who will help. Contact my office if you need to be directed to resources.”