Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., promised on Thursday to fight for life in the Sunshine State after a judge temporarily blocked a 15-week abortion ban, according to a report from The Hill.
Following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the anticipated ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the issue of abortion was returned to the states.
During a press conference, DeSantis stated regarding the temporary block on Florida’s 15-week abortion ban: “That was likely going to be what was decided in that case. We knew that we were going to have to move forward and continue the legal battle, and that’s something that was decided under state law.”
According to a statement made by Gov. DeSantis’ spokesperson to The Hill, “While we are disappointed with yesterday’s ruling, we know that the prolife HB 5 will ultimately withstand all legal challenges.”
The Washington Examiner further reported that Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Cooper issued a temporary injunction on the abortion law based on Florida’s privacy provision, which is “clearly implicated in a woman’s decision in whether or not to continue her pregnancy.”
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling to reverse Roe v. Wade last week, Gov. DeSantis said, “By properly interpreting the Constitution, the Dobbs majority has restored the people’s role in our republic and a sense of hope that every life counts. Florida will continue to defend its recently-enacted pro-life reforms against state court challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care, and child welfare.”
Since the high court’s ruling, at least 13 states across the Union were prepared to implement “trigger bans” on abortion as soon as the decision was made, including South Dakota, Kentucky, and Louisiana.