EMILYs List Statement on DeSantis Signing New Florida Abortion Ban

April 14, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last night, one year after signing a 15-week ban, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a cruel and dangerous near-total abortion ban. If allowed to go into effect, this ban will push reproductive health care and bodily autonomy even further out of the hands of millions of Floridians and more in neighboring states, impose burdensome restrictions on access to care, and pose an imminent threat to patients and medical providers. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“At a time when the Republican Party is on the wrong side of voters on abortion, presidential frontrunner and party leader Ron DeSantis just doubled down. DeSantis and Florida Republicans have done everything in their power to roll back fundamental freedoms for all Floridians, and this abortion ban is no exception. Legislation like this is completely out of step with the will of the American people and allows the government to control our bodies, rights, and futures. We strongly condemn this ban and the entire GOP agenda to end reproductive rights, and we continue to support the dedicated and determined Democratic pro-choice women in the Florida state legislature who are fighting back every day against restrictions of reproductive freedom and civil rights.”

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