Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Heartbeat Safety Act into legislation Thursday night, placing the state extra in keeping with different Republican-led states, simply hours after the laws cleared the Florida legislature.
The brand new legislation expands protections to unborn youngsters, giving them full rights to life as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which may be as early as six weeks of being pregnant. It additionally supplies funding to assist moms throughout the state.
“Signed the Heartbeat Safety Act, which expands pro-life protections and devotes assets to assist younger moms and households,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter Thursday, sharing a photograph of himself at his governor’s desk the place he’s signing the legislation.
Within the picture, DeSantis is surrounded by pro-life lawmakers and advocates.
A number of folks responded to the put up, with pro-life leaders commending the governor’s motion and his success of a promise to defend life in Florida.
Some others have been crucial of the laws. Opponents of the legislation argue that by the point most girls discover out they’re pregnant, it is going to already be too late to have an abortion.
Earlier within the day, the Florida legislature handed the Heartbeat Safety Act, or SB 300, which establishes protections for unborn infants with a heartbeat starting at six weeks’ gestation.
The brand new legislation additionally allocates $25 million in funds for being pregnant facilities across the state. The cash is predicted to assist ladies throughout their being pregnant and after the kid is born.
After the heartbeat invoice handed the Florida legislature, the White Home issued a press release crucial of the “excessive and harmful” laws.
“At the moment, Florida’s Republican supermajority-controlled legislature despatched an excessive and harmful new abortion ban to Governor DeSantis’s desk for signature. The ban flies within the face of elementary freedoms and is out of step with the views of the overwhelming majority of the folks of Florida and of all the US,” White Home press secretary Karine-Jean Pierre stated in a press release.
It continued: “This ban would forestall 4 million Florida ladies of reproductive age from accessing abortion care after six weeks — earlier than many ladies even know they’re pregnant. This ban would additionally impression the almost 15 million ladies of reproductive age who dwell in abortion-banning states all through the South, lots of whom have beforehand relied on journey to Florida as an choice to entry care.”
The laws permits exceptions to save lots of the lifetime of the lady or for circumstances of rape or incest till 15 weeks of being pregnant.
Florida at present has a 15-week abortion ban, which was signed into legislation by DeSantis in April 2022. The ban was swiftly sued, and it may discover its method earlier than the Supreme Court docket.
Fox Information’ Kendall Tietz contributed to this report.