GOP bill in Florida would ban abortions after 15 weeks
Kelli Stargel. Image via Colin Hackley.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said would likely favor the bill.

Most abortions would be banned in Florida after 15 weeks of pregnancy under bills filed Tuesday by Republicans on the first day of the state’s annual legislative session.

The measures (SB 146 & HB 5) by Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Erin Grall are similar to a Mississippi law currently under challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court.

It does not go as far, however, as a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy with enforcement provisions allowing citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who assists in an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The Florida legislation drew a quick endorsement from House Speaker Chris Sprowls, who said in a statement that House Republicans are “steadfast in our commitment to Florida’s children, both born and unborn.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is up for re-election this year and is considered a top Republican presidential hopeful for 2024, told reporters he would likely be in favor as well.

“There’s a lot of pro-life legislation. We’re going to be welcoming it. I haven’t looked at every single bill. I think if you look at what’s been done in some of these other states – I mean when you start talking about 15 weeks where you have really serious pain and heartbeats and all this stuff – having protections I think is something that makes a lot of sense,” the governor said.

The bills have no exceptions for rape and incest but they do say an abortion outside the proposed 15-week limit would be allowed if necessary to save the mother’s life, prevent a mother’s serious injury or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality. Florida currently allows abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Democrats, the minority party in both legislative chambers, said they would fiercely oppose the measure.

“We will continue to fight vociferously for a woman’s right to choose and right to health care,” Senate Democratic leader Lauren Book said.

“We will fight tooth and nail over that bill,” added Rep. Evan Jenne, the House minority leader.

These latest abortion bills will join others that could be considered in committees during the 60-day legislative session that began Tuesday. Senate President Wilton Simpson said he is optimistic the 15-week bill can pass.

“I think it’s a very good start and I think it’s something the committee process will vet out and perhaps be on the floor at some point,” said Simpson, who was adopted as a young child. “I’ve been pro-life all of my life.”

Associated Press


  • Tjb

    January 11, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    The new bill if passed would limit the freedom of a women to have an abortion. Also, could the Governor clarify “and all this stuff”.

  • PeterH

    January 11, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    This legislation comes to you from the party of personal Liberty and Freedumb!

    At risk women will be forced to travel to a blue state where real freedom to own their own healthcare choices exist.

    • Michael R Beauahrnois

      January 12, 2022 at 9:50 am

      Perhaps you need to check out

      This is happening at most of the abortion clinics across the country. Women would actually have more sanitary conditions to have an abortion with a back alley abortion. Of course, you obviously have no clue about the Abortion-Industrial complex because that would require educating yourself on the issues.

      • PeterH

        January 12, 2022 at 3:42 pm


        • tsnm8888

          January 12, 2022 at 5:06 pm

          Actually it’s not fake. The lawyer on the cases of the website that I posted got a $300k+ from UNM for referring a woman who died because of medical malpractice under the abortion doctor that was in the 2016 Hellerstedt case that went to the Supreme Court. He also got the abortion doctor to settle for the wrongful death for over $1 million. The victim’s sister and family now have a lot more money for the traumatizing death of a loved one. None of this is fake. I can assure you. It just isn’t being talked about by the media because they don’t want people to know how harmful and risky abortions are to women. Educated yourself.

          • PeterH

            January 12, 2022 at 9:22 pm

            Who cares about one doctor? Your fake news post said that this malpractice was prevalent everywhere.

            Abortions will occur regardless of State or Federal restrictions.

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 11, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Well, Ron, Wilton, And got no womb in the fight, for sure. And having Republican women propose this denial of women’s rights, well, that’s just plain shitty. Sorry folks, but Kelli and Erin don’t get to dictate how other females handle their reproductive health in Florida.

    • tsnm8888

      January 12, 2022 at 9:51 am

      So only women women that aren’t conservative and Republican get to say what women get to do with their bodies?

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