Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to sign into a law a bill that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, allowing only for exceptions involving “serious risk” to the pregnant person and fatal fetal abnormality but with no exceptions for rape or incest.
The Republican-sponsored bill was passed by the state Senate on Thursday night, and was swiftly condemned by President Joe Biden. DeSantis said Friday that he will sign the ban “in short order.”
“These are protections for babies that have heartbeats, that can feel pain, and this is very, very late,” DeSantis said at an event in Jacksonville Friday morning. “And so, I think when you’re talking about late term, you know, that’s one thing. And so, you know, I think the protections are warranted.”
The bill makes Florida the latest Republican-led state, along with West Virginia and