Mississippi as a model
Florida makes abortions much harder
04/14/2022, 10:31 p.m.
Bad news for Florida women: Governor Ron DeSantis signs a law making abortions after the 15th week nearly impossible. The law already applies in Mississippi, other states could follow. The rules in Texas are even stricter.
The US state of Florida introduces an extended ban on abortions after the 15th week. Florida Governor, Republican Ron DeSantis signed the bill in Kissimmee. “We’re here today to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves,” DeSantis said.
The law is due to come into force on July 1. This means that abortions in Florida after the 15th week of pregnancy would only be possible exceptionally, for example if the life of the mother is in danger or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality, but not in the case of rape, for example. The rule follows the model of the new Mississippi state abortion law currently under review by the Supreme Court.
Other Republican-run US states are also trying to broadly restrict access to abortions. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a law that would make abortion in the state punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 (€92,000).
In Texas, a child’s heartbeat counts
A change in the law in Texas has also caused a stir: a strict abortion law has also been in effect there since last year. It prohibits all abortions once the fetal heart rate has been determined. This can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Many women do not even know at this stage that they are pregnant.
According to a landmark ruling by the United States Supreme Court in 1973, abortions are actually permitted in the United States until the fetus is viable – today around the 24th week of pregnancy. The decision is considered a milestone. This case law, known as Roe v. Wade is known is now up for grabs. If the Supreme Court rules that Mississippi’s abortion law is constitutional, other states could also further restrict abortion.