Florida Catholic Bishops Applaud State’s Passing of 15-Week Abortion Ban

Florida’s Catholic bishops have praised the state legislature for passing a measure banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

HB 5 also includes provisions to improve infant health and to analyze and reduce fetal and infant mortality.

“As we continue to look forward to the day when the full protection of unborn life is recognized by law, we are encouraged that HB 5 further limits the severe harm that abortion inflicts on women and children. children,” said Christie Arnold, associate for social concerns. and respect life at the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The conference, which is the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Florida, said in a March 3 press release that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed support for the legislation and is expected to sign it.

“In a progressive but important step, the bill provides at least an additional eight weeks of protection for children in the womb. Current Florida law prohibits abortion when a child is viable or able to survive outside the womb – currently closer to 24 weeks,” the statement read.

HB 5 “closely follows” the Mississippi statute at issue in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could overturn “unfair decision” in Roe v. Wade, the conference noted. “If the Supreme Court upholds the Mississippi law, the Florida law will likely be upheld.”

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the leaders of the Legislative Assembly and in particular the sponsors of the bill, the Republicans, Senator Kelli Stargel and Representative Erin Grall, “who have bravely accomplished the difficult task of advancing this landmark legislation through the committee process and floor debate in the Florida House and Senate.

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