TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) — Florida’s 15-week abortion ban could go into effect this week, and local experts say the abortion restrictions likely won’t stop there.
“Right now people on both sides are in shock,” said Dr. Edwin Benton, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida.
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“It’s devastating, it’s devastating for Floridians,” said Amy Weintraub of Progress Florida.
When it comes to abortion, people across the country are waiting to see what their state will do.
“We consider the floodgates open for anti-abortion politicians like DeSantis to force their extremist views on us,” Weintraub said.
Florida’s 15-week abortion ban could go into effect as early as this week after the Supreme Court’s decision to overthrow Roe V. Wade on Friday.
“The ban in Florida will likely continue as it is because it is already underway,” Benton said.
Benton says Florida could see tougher abortion laws in the near future.
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“The anti-abortion groups are going to seize the opportunity to go beyond that in making abortion airtight,” Benton said.
That’s exactly what Governor Ron DeSantis says he’s going to do. He posted this statement on Twitter saying: “Florida will continue to defend its recently implemented life reforms against the challenges of state courts, work to expand life protections and stand for life through adoption, foster care and child welfare.”
“That includes making abortions even more difficult, even more extreme legislation than the 15-week abortion ban,” Weintraub said.
Benton says there is a way for Roe V. Wade to be restored.
“2/3 of the states to propose a constitutional amendment that would override that decision, and it would need to be ratified by 4/3 of the state legislature. That’s difficult,” Benton says.
Meanwhile, Weintraub says her organization and other groups will continue to fight for what they believe in.
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“Abortion is part of every modern health care system and it should be,” Weintraub said.