BREAKING: Florida Supreme Court may have just killed six-week abortion ban even though they ruled in favor of it

The issue of abortion in the state of Florida is still undecided despite a ruling today that triggers the six-week abortion ban to take effect in 30 days.

That’s because the court also approved a ballot initiative that gives the people of Florida in November the ultimate decision on whether to keep the six-week abortion ban or roll it back to 24 weeks.

Here’s more from The Hill:

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state’s 15-week abortion ban, yet also approved a ballot measure that would protect abortion access if voters pass it in November.

Facing an April 1 deadline to rule on the ballot measure, the court sided with Floridians Protecting Freedom, a coalition of abortion rights groups sponsoring the initiative. By greenlighting the measure, the court dealt a serious blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and GOP Attorney General Ashley Moody, who opposed it.

But in a separate case, the court also upheld the current ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The majority of the justices said the state’s right to privacy does not include abortion.

By law, that means a six-week ban will be triggered within 30 days.

If the ballot initiative passes, it would roll back the state’s abortion ban to the point of viability, about 24 weeks, when the fetus can survive outside the womb.

The measure needs to reach a 60 percent threshold to be approved.

While the court made the right decision in terms of the abortion ban, which I applaud, approving the referendum doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The legislature is the elected voice of the people, as is the Governor. In effect, this six-week ban is the will of the people through their representatives. Why then do the people need to have another voice on this issue? I understand having referendums on the local level, or if there’s some issue the legislature would rather the people speak directly on. But the legislature has spoken, the Governor has spoken and the high court approves. There is no need for a referendum.

As an aside, The Hill writes, “five of the seven justices currently on the court were appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.”


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