Democrats slam state’s 6-week abortion ban going into effect

A group of U.S. Representatives from Florida slammed the state’s new law as 'draconian,' 'outrageous' and an attack against reproductive rights.

Florida’s six-week abortion ban went into effect Wednesday, drawing a loud outcry from Democrats and advocates who vowed to keep fighting for abortion rights.

President Joe Biden, members of Florida’s congressional delegation and multiple state leaders issued statements. The issue is heading to the ballot in November, as Floridians will decide whether to limit government intervention on abortion via Amendment 4.

“Today, the sun rose over a different Florida, one where we have fewer rights than yesterday,” Florida House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell said. “The Sunshine State has become the land of government interference, with Tallahassee politicians deciding what’s best for pregnant women and girls.”

Democrats called it a total ban since most women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks.

“This legislation imposes one of the most stringent abortion regulations in the United States,” said state Sen. Tracie Davis, a Democrat from Jacksonville.

Anna Hochkammer, Executive Director of Florida Women’s Freedom Coalition, said the new law puts women’s health in danger.

“Make no mistake: Florida’s near total abortion ban will endanger the lives of women and girls across the state and will prevent medical providers from being able to treat potentially life-threatening pregnancy complications,” she said.

A group of U.S. Representatives from Florida slammed the state’s new law as “draconian,” “outrageous” and an attack against reproductive rights.

“Rather than progressing as a society, Florida’s suffocating law sets us back as a state. The decision to seek an abortion is a personal decision that should remain private, not be put in the hands of politicians,” said the statement from U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Lois Frankel, Maxwell Frost, Jared Moskowitz, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Frederica Wilson.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren blamed Donald Trump when the topic of Florida’s abortion ban came up on the show.

“Donald Trump is the one who is responsible for getting rid of Roe versus Wade and all of the calamitous effects from that,” Warren said. “Joe Biden is the one who will lead us to make Roe versus Wade law of the land again, so that women will be protected.”

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 1, 2024 at 2:07 pm

    Has the pro-Choice crowd been slapped with the very convenient anti-Semitic label yet? Loony Republicans gonna try that. I guarantee it.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 1, 2024 at 10:17 pm

      I would bet lots of money that all of these protesters, agitators, and such are Democrats. That’s why “coward” Joe won’t talk. Now he wants to bring in Hamas refugees to this country. Haven’t you Dems had enough? Have any of you ever been to Europe and see what is going on in Belgium, Italy, and London? Wake up you zombies. Joe is the worst President in a lifetime.

    • Ocean Joe

      May 4, 2024 at 2:53 pm

      Read up on the Jewish (and I mean official religious) position on abortion rights. Please dont let the Evangelicals know about it or they’ll start an inquisition.

      • rick whitaker

        May 4, 2024 at 3:05 pm

        OJ, sorry, i still see religion as being the major cause of all human suffering on a plentiful planet.

        • Elvis Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

          May 5, 2024 at 1:40 pm

          Good afternoon Rick,
          OJ and myself, Elvis Pitts American, will eventually make it up to Heaven On High to sit around the throne of The Lord God Almighty. Most likely 30 – 40 years after your worn out body has given up the ghost.
          Anyway OJ and myself, Elvis Pitts American, will see if we are able to put in a word or 2 with The Big Guy to have you Brought Up to do some of the jobs those of us already in Heaven on High just dont want to do.
          That way OJ and I, Elvis Pitts American will be able to keep our Sage eyes on you and keep you out of trouble.
          Thanks Rick,
          Elvis Pitts American

          • Ocean Joe

            May 5, 2024 at 6:04 pm

            Sorry Elvis, if there is a heaven it is here on earth when we are happy, when we have helped others, when we fight for those who cant.
            I dont expect an afterlife, nor would I be allowed considering all my comments about Trump, Rick Scott, and Republican greed in general. Of course somebody has to do it.

          • rick whitaker

            May 5, 2024 at 11:15 pm

            EARL THE SPHINCTER MAN, earl go to your hell, i don’t have a hell, so you go to yours.

        • Ocean Joe

          May 5, 2024 at 6:01 pm

          Rick we are in agreement on religion.

          I do believe in Santa Claus. He didnt wear red or have reindeer, he was my parents who always went out of their way to make Christmas special, and all those parents who spend money they dont have to make their children happy.

          As for religion, we are Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha etc when we show our kindness to others, when we act to make good things happen and we are the “devil” when we act darkly. I do not follow the claims that anybody walked on water, performed miracles, flew on a chariot to heaven, etc. but I dont challenge the beliefs of others that such things as heaven or hell exist, its just not my bag.

          And I always say a prayer when I get on an airplane. Does organized religion lead to warfare, is it used as an excuse for massive wrongdoing, a front for pedophiles? You bet.

          • Ocean Joe

            May 5, 2024 at 6:11 pm

            There actually is a burning bush, scrub that contains something akin to creosote which can spontaneously combust under the right conditions found in southern Israel and the Sinai.

          • Hung Wiil

            May 5, 2024 at 9:55 pm

            Is the collection plate coming next?

  • Monthly Abortion Club

    May 8, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    There’s lots of car wash clubs out there already for keep cars clean.

    Here comes the Monthly Abortion Club business model.

    For one low monthly fee, come on in for an abortion every 3 weeks whether you need it or not, because maybe you need it, but if you wait till you know you need it, it’s too late.

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