Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy into law on Thursday, making the state the latest to tighten access to the procedure ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could limit abortion rights across the country.
“This will represent the most significant protections for life that have been enacted in this state in a generation,” DeSantis said, signing the bill in a ceremony that featured speakers who had either received an abortion and regretted it or declined advice to get one and had children.
The new law goes into effect on July 1 and, barring a successful legal challenge, will significantly reduce access to late-term abortions for women across the Southeastern U.S., many of whom would travel to Florida because of stricter abortion laws in surrounding states.
Florida currently allows abortions at up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.