New Restriction On Abortions In Florida Could Save Countless Children

( Florida’s new senate president Kathleen Passidomo would like to see the state’s 15-week abortion law changed to 12 weeks, and one Florida pro-life activist is saying such a change would do nothing to lower the abortion rate in the state.

In an interview with The Center Square last week, Andrew Shirvell, the executive director of Florida Voice for the Unborn, said lowering the cut-off from 15 weeks to 12 weeks wouldn’t change the number of abortions in Florida since the “vast majority” of abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of gestation.

Shirvell added that Passidomo’s plan to allow abortions after 12 weeks in the cases of rape and incest would be a step backward since the state’s current 15-week limit does not allow for those exceptions.

What Shirvell wants instead is a total abortion ban in Florida.

He told The Center Square that before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a 12-week abortion limit “might have made sense” as a way to challenge Roe. But with Roe overturned, Florida and other states “have been given the green light to completely protect all unborn children from conception,” Shirvell said.

In a recent interview, Florida House speaker Paul Renner said the Republican supermajority in Florida could lead to additional pro-life legislation in the future.

Renner told WFTV that he would like to see the state “move in a pro-life direction,” but is aware of the fact that after 50 years of Roe v. Wade, the country has “developed a culture and an expectation” around abortion “that is not going to change overnight.”

Florida’s 1900 abortion ban was overturned by Roe v. Wade in 1973.

In anticipating the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe last year, Governor Ron DeSantis moved to limit abortions to 15 weeks.

When signing the bill in April, the governor described the 15-week abortion law as “the most significant protections for life in the state’s modern history.”