Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has officially signed legislation protecting the lives of unborn children, banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
DeSantis, who is currently running for reelection, spoke about the bill, saying that it marks “the most significant protections for life” to be enacted in Florida “in a generation.”
The law will take effect on July 1, and will include exceptions for cases in which the abortion is deemed necessary to save the mother’s life or avoid a significant risk of serious injury. The legislation also includes an exception for cases in which the unborn child has not yet reached viability and has been determined to be suffering from a “fatal fetal abnormality.”
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who is currently running in the Democrat primary for governor of the Sunshine State, spoke out against the bill on Twitter.
“Women should make decisions about their own bodies, not governors. I’d veto this bill and any attempt to restrict the right to choose. Full stop,” Crist tweeted.
Crist previously served as governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, but was a member of the Republican Party at the time. In 2010, he ran for the Senate as an independent, and lost. He officially announced his decision to become a Democrat on December 7, 2012.
The Biden administration has also attacked Florida over the state’s new pro-life legislation.
“Last night, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature passed a dangerous bill that will severely restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. My Administration will not stand for the continued erosion of women’s constitutional rights,” Joe Biden tweeted last month.
Kamala Harris released a statement describing the bill as “extreme by any standard.”
Despite what the left claims, polls show that the country has been moving closer to the pro-life position. A Wall Street Journal poll of registered voters from early March revealed that 48% would strongly or somewhat favor a law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for the pregnant woman’s health, while 43% would be against such a law.