The pro-abortion radicals are on the march again.
They have rebounded from the Supreme Court finally overturning Roe and are on the offensive.
But now the Supreme Court just slapped down Planned Parenthood’s attempt to block this pro-life law.
Honestly, it’s not even that strong of a pro-life law.
The Florida law that has been so much in the news lately only bans abortions after 15 weeks.
That means it effectively makes only 7% of all abortions illegal.
Life is a sacred gift
And yet Planned Parenthood attempted to derail the very moderate abortion bill through the courts.
Florida’s state Supreme Court has now denied Planned Parenthood’s emergency motion to block the state’s 15-week abortion ban.
“As [Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis] said, we are better when everybody counts,” the Governor’s press secretary, Bryan Griffin, said in a statement.
In fact, the Florida Supreme Court denied both of Planned Parenthood’s emergency motions asking the court to block the Florida law from taking effect.
House Bill 5 bans abortion after 15 weeks but it allows exceptions when the mother’s life is at risk or in danger of “irreversible physical impairment,” or if the baby has a fetal abnormality.
“House Bill 5 protects babies in the womb who have beating hearts, who can move, who can taste, who can see, and who can feel pain,” DeSantis said when he signed the bill into law last April. “Life is a sacred gift worthy of our protection, and I am proud to sign this great piece of legislation, which represents the most significant protections for life in the state’s modern history.”
Planned Parenthood fights to keep killing babies for profit
Planned Parenthood of course couldn’t let even that modest compromise legislation stand.
So they filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida last June, and the state trial court issued an order blocking the ban from taking effect a month later.
The state of Florida appealed the ruling, keeping protections for the unborn after 15 weeks in place.
But the Florida high court also kept the case alive.
In addition to allowing the law to remain in effect, the court accepted jurisdiction of the case and set a briefing schedule.
DeSantis and his legal team have announced they will continue to defend our pro-life protections.
Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga wrote a dissenting opinion saying he thought Planned Parenthood met the requirements for an emergency stay.
The next step will be for the Florida Supreme Court to schedule and hear oral arguments in the case.
Nation’s premier pro-life organization applauds court’s decision
The Florida court’s decision to keep protections for the unborn in place was met with approval nationwide.
Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins applauded the court’s decision.
“As the Supreme Court said in [Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization], it’s clearly in the state’s purview to protect the most vulnerable citizens of the state,” Hawkins told The Daily Signal, “And that includes preborn human beings.”
Governor DeSantis said he hopes to expand protections for Florida’s unborn children beyond 15 weeks.
“The upcoming 2023 Florida legislative session starts in March, and we look forward to working with the Florida Legislature to further advance protections for innocent life,” Griffin told The Daily Signal.
Griffin also criticized Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent speech in Tallahassee, Florida, commemorating what on January 22 would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
In her speech, Harris purposefully misquoted the Declaration of Independence, but omitted reference to the right to life.
“The Declaration of Independence enumerates three unalienable rights: ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’” Griffin said, “and we stand for all of them.”
Now it’s time for DeSantis and the Florida legislature to pass pro-life legislation that saves more than 7% of children being murdered through abortion.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.