Proposed Abortion Ruling Explodes Florida Debate – Parkland Talk

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A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade sparked a sense of urgency Tuesday among Florida Democrats while drawing praise from Republicans.

Written by Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. and supported by other members of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, the draft opinion was reported Monday night by Politico. Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed on Tuesday that the leaked document was authentic.

The 98-page draft, if it comes to fruition, would overturn Roe v. Wade of 1973 and would allow states to make their own decisions on abortion. However, a press release that accompanied Roberts’ statement on Tuesday said the draft “does not represent a court ruling or the final position” of any of its members.

The plan was made public just under two months before a new Florida law took effect banning most abortions beyond 15 weeks of pregnancy. Governor Ron DeSantis signed the measure last month, which will go into effect July 1. Roe v. Wade generally allowed women to abort until around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Tuesday, DeSantis touted the state’s new abortion law as “the strongest Florida has seen in decades” and said the State was prepared to defend it against lawsuits challenging its constitutionality.

“We think we will win there, but it will be something we have to do. Ultimately, it is a mistake to read the Federal Constitution to completely forbid any pro-life protection. This is not consistent with the structure of the text history. I don’t know if this (Supreme Court) opinion will be the actual opinion, Roberts said it won’t be… final, so who knows what’s going on behind the scenes,” DeSantis said at a conference. release in Fort Myers. Beach.

But State House Speaker Chris Sprows, R-Palm Harbor, gave the draft notice more emphatic support.

“I have long believed that Roe v. Wade represented an abuse of power to fabricate laws by judicial decision. I am eagerly awaiting the official and definitive opinion delivered by the Court. The leak, however, is a staggering breach of trust and disgrace by the person responsible,” Sprows wrote in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Democrats braced for what they called a “women’s rights raid” and quickly staged protests across the state.

“We are entering a post-Roe world. It’s the reality that exists for my daughter that never existed for me. This is a very dangerous world we live in,” said Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book, D-Plantation.

Book told the News Service of Florida that Democrats, who are vastly outnumbered in the Legislative Assembly, will need voters to rally in support of candidates in the November election to fight new restrictions on the access to abortion.

“People have to go vote. We need the numbers. The reality is, and I got a lot of questions today about…will the Governor add a new restriction on abortion in a special (legislative) session. We know the governor can do whatever he wants, and the Republican-led legislature will follow and do whatever he asks,” Book said.

DeSantis convened a special session beginning May 23 to address the state’s beleaguered property insurance system.

Rep. Kelly Skidmore, D-Boca Raton, hit out at the potential effect of the Supreme Court ruling on other Republican-run states that have abortion laws that would be triggered by a ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Immediately about 25 states will ban abortion, they have trigger laws in place. So within days, within hours of the Supreme Court ruling, abortion will be banned in nearly half of the United States of America,” Skidmore said.

Promising that “the fight has only just begun,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate this year, held a rally in Miami to try to energize potential voters. U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said in a statement that the issue would be “front and center” in the gubernatorial race.

The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates announced a May 3 rally in front of the Florida Supreme Court.

“We are devastated, we are furious and we will fight back. This draft opinion is outrageous and unprecedented, but it is not final. Abortion is still legal in Florida. To this day, it remains your constitutional right,” Stephanie Fraim, president of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, said in a statement.

But groups who oppose abortion have applauded the potential decision.

“The state has a compelling interest in protecting human life which is vulnerable, especially at this age. This is a great day for those of us who have worked most of our lives to make this moment happen,” said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council.

DeSantis, who went to Harvard Law School, focused much of his remarks Tuesday on the leaked draft notice, calling it an act of political bullying. The project is part of a case involving a Mississippi law, similar to Florida’s new law, that would prevent abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“To have this leak like she did was truly unprecedented. I think that was really an attack on a lot of judges. I think it was an intentional thing to try to get a big chunk of the audience and to try to make it very political,” DeSantis said.

Roberts called the leak a “singular and egregious violation” of the court’s trust in employees to keep such internal communications confidential.

“To the extent that this betrayal of court confidences was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the court will not be affected in any way,” Roberts said in a statement.

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