Headline RoundupMay 1st, 2024

New Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Florida

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, Florida's six-week abortion ban goes into effect. The state previously had limited abortions after 15 weeks.

Key Details: Pro-lifers are celebrating the new legislation, which they see as a major victory in the country's battle over abortion. Pro-choice people say the more restrictive ban will strain an overstretched reproductive health system. The new law includes exceptions if a person can provide documentation for rape or incest. In April, the state's Supreme Court allowed the ban to proceed.

Key Quote: "This essentially creates an abortion desert in the south-east part of our country," said Michelle Quesada, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood in Florida. "This will be devastating."

For Context: The impact of the six-week abortion ban in Florida will sweep beyond the state, as abortion providers in Virginia and North Carolina are preparing for an increase in patients. Florida saw an increase in abortions after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

How the Media Covered it: Axios (Lean Left bias) noted that even though the six-week ban is taking effect, voters in November will decide whether or not to include abortion access until fetal viability - around 24-28 weeks of pregnancy - in Florida's constitution. The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) noted that House Democrats from Florida are calling the ban "draconian," and it noted that the Florida Supreme Court's rulings have given fresh hope to Florida Democrats for the November election.

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