On April 30, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 300, the Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions once the unborn child has a detectable heartbeat.
Governor Ron DeSantis Speaks
“We are proud to support life and family in the state of Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I applaud the Legislature for passing the Heartbeat Protection Act that expands pro-life protections and provides additional resources for young mothers and families.”
The legislation, introduced by Senator Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) protects innocent, unborn life by prohibiting abortions after six weeks gestation, with exceptions for women who are victims of rape, incest and human trafficking, or whose baby has a devastating diagnosis of a fatal fetal abnormality.
“It was a moment to savor…” said John Aman, President, Broward Right to Life, in an email to supporters. “Tewannah and I were honored to be there in the group gathered in the governor’s office for the 11 pm signing, which took place just hours after the Florida House passed the bill on a 70-40 margin. I thanked House speaker Paul Renner–a strong pro-life conservative–at the bill signing for his leadership in making this bill happen.”
Beyond protecting unborn babies at six weeks–when their hearts are already beating–the historic, newly passed Heartbeat Protection Act bans:
- telehealth prescriptions for chemical abortions
- non-doctors from doing surgical abortions
- sending chemical abortion pills through the mail
- state funding to transport women out of state for abortions
It also sets aside $25 million to help Florida’s pregnancy centers provide material assistance such as diapers, formula, and more to mothers who need help.
Aman explained, “The Heartbeat Protection Act will go into force if and when the Florida Supreme Court declares there is no right to abortion in the Florida Constitution or overrules its 1989 abortion precedent which discovered the “right” to abortion in the Florida Constitution. The state high court could take either of those actions this year as it considers a challenge to the 15-week abortion ban passed last year by the Florida legislature. Pray that it will.”
While other states like California and New York have legalized infanticide up until birth, Governor DeSantis has enacted historic measures to defend the dignity of human life and transform Florida into a pro-family state.
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