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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today during the first day of the legislative session, Florida lawmakers introduced a six-week abortion ban. The only so-called exceptions require documentation to “prove” rape or incest or two physicians certifying that the patient will die if they continue the pregnancy. The bill also includes felony charges for anyone who participates in the termination of a pregnancy outside of the time frame in the bill, and bans all telemedicine or mailing of abortion medication. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in response:
“Unhappy with their existing abortion ban, Florida lawmakers are determined to go even further and end abortion altogether. If only they spent half as much time doing their jobs as they did coming up with newer and more cruel ways to punish anyone who wants bodily autonomy. On Election Day, voters will remind them that they should be more focused on our rights than Ron DeSantis’ political future.”
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