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Florida House passes six-week abortion ban, DeSantis likely to sign it into law

Florida's current 15-week ban is still facing legal challenges.

Published: April 13, 2023 5:01pm

Updated: April 13, 2023 6:05pm

The Florida state House passed a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy on Thursday, sending the measure to Gov. Ron DeSantis's desk.

DeSantis has expressed support for the measure, meaning the "Heartbeat Protection Act" is likely to become law. The lower chamber passed the bill in a 70-40 vote, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The Senate approved the measure earlier in April by a 26-13 margin. The legislation includes exceptions of up to 15 weeks for instances of rape, incest, and human trafficking.

Florida's current 15-week ban is still facing legal challenges, the Democrat noted.

Since the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade precedent that established the constitutional right to an abortion last year, numerous states have enacted restrictions on the procedure.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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