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Florida’s Abortion Ban Requires Proof for Rape, Incest Exceptions

April 19, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a firm stance on the state’s regulations surrounding abortion services. In a recent announcement, DeSantis confirmed that he has signed the Heartbeat Protection Act into law.

According to People, the new legislation mandates that women seeking abortions up to 15 weeks of gestation must provide proof that the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest, or human trafficking. Documentation supporting these claims may include a police report, medical record, restraining order, or other relevant evidence.

“We are proud to support life and family in the state of Florida,” DeSantis, said in a news release.

“I applaud the Legislature for passing the Heartbeat Protection Act that expands pro-life protections and provides additional resources for young mothers and families,” he added.

In a statement issued Thursday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “This ban would prevent four million Florida women of reproductive age from accessing abortion care after six weeks — before many women even know they’re pregnant.”

In February a poll was done by the University of North Florida revealed that 75% of the state’s residents either somewhat or strongly opposed the six-week ban — including 61% of Republicans.

The restriction requiring evidence is an exception to the all-encompassing law, which otherwise prohibits abortions after six weeks unless they are necessary to save the life of the pregnant person.

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