Abortion is in the news again: The Florida State Senate on Thursday evening passed a bill that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with some exceptions. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled he intends to support it. The Senate passed the bill 23-15, after the Florida House passed it last month.
“The bill … is part of a sweeping push by Republicans to put the state at the forefront of the nation’s culture wars,” the New York Times wrote.
Meanwhile, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski co-introduced a bill in the Senate that would codify Roe vs. Wade into federal law, permitting widespread ability for mothers to destroy their pre-born children.
The Murkowski legislation, offered along with Maine Sen. Susan Collins, would prevent laws like the one DeSantis appears to be ready to sign.
“IN GENERAL. — A State ….may not impose an undue burden on the ability of a woman to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability; may restrict the ability of a woman to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability, unless such a termination is necessary to preserve the life or health of the woman; and may enact regulations to further the health or safety of a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy…”