TALLAHASSEE, Florida (LifeSiteNews) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted a lawsuit against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, saying he is “confident this law will stand.”
Last week, DeSantis assured Floridians that his pro-life law will stand against the pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) suit against the ban on abortions after 15 weeks, as reported by National Right to Life News Today.
In a statement concerning the lawsuit, DeSantis’ office stated it is “confident that this law will ultimately withstand all legal challenges.”
Signed on April 14, HB 5 prohibits all abortions after 15 weeks, almost four months, except in the rare instance of severe fetal anomaly, to save the mother’s life, or to prevent substantial and irreversible physical impairment of the mother.
Previously, abortions were permitted though the 24th week or the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy. The new law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.
“It’s a statement of our values that every life is important,” DeSantis said as he signed the bill while surrounded by lawmakers, pro-life advocates, and children.
“We are here today to defend those who can’t defend themselves,” he added. “This will represent the most significant protections for life that we have seen in a generation.”
On Wednesday, the ACLU of Florida acted on behalf of two Planned Parenthood facilities and other abortion providers in the state. The ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the bill. The ACLU claimed the bill violates the “right” to an abortion and privacy rights which they allege are protected by the state’s Constitution.
This bill is part of a flood of pro-life bills being passed throughout the country in expectation of the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. Recently, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Florida have all passed legislation to protect the unborn.