Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday said that he will “look more significantly” at the fetal heartbeat abortion ban that went into effect in Texas starting Wednesday after the Supreme Court declined to block it.
This ruling has many Democrats and leftist activists upset. President Biden on Friday called this law and SCOTUS ruling “almost un-American”
Biden also said that he is asking the Justice Department to look at ways to block this Texas law and help women get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
“I have been continue to be a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade,” Biden said from the White House on Friday.
“The most pernicious thing about the Texas law: It sort of creates a vigilante system where people get rewards… And it just seems — I know this sounds ridiculous — almost un-American, what we’re talking about.”
While many Democrats are outraged by the SCOTUS decision, this has Florida Governor Ron DeSantis interested and he hints at passing a similar law in his state. “What they did in Texas is interesting and I haven’t really been able to look at enough about it,” Governor DeSantis said on Thursday.
“They’ve basically done this through private right of action. So, it’s a little bit different than how a lot of these debates have gone, so we will have to look. I am going to look more significantly at it,” he added.
The Texas law, which he is referring to here, effectively bans almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is often six weeks after a woman becomes pregnant by giving private citizens the right to sue abortion clinics.
The Supreme Court denied abortion providers’ to block the ruling on Wednesday in a 5-4 ruling. The majority of conservative justices on the Supreme Court supported this ruling with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with liberal justices to dissent.
This ruling has received praise from many pro-life organizations and criticism from the left and the democrats. It also creates hope that the Roe V. Wade decision of 1973 can be overturned when it’s challenged later this year.
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