Florida Supreme Court Puts Abortion Ban on The Ballot

  • The conservative-leaning Florida Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's ban on abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy but also allowed voters to reinstate it via a ballot initiative in November. POLITICO
  • The judges overturned a 1989 ruling granting abortion rights through the second trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 10K women who had abortions in 2023 were from outside the state. Guardian (LR: 2 CP: 5)
  • The court's decision also makes it possible to enact a separate six-week abortion ban, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis last year, to take effect. Times
  • In a 4-3 ruling, the court also allowed voters to decide on expanding abortion access to up to approximately 24 weeks via a proposed constitutional amendment. New York Times (LR: 2 CP: 5)
  • With the six-week abortion ban going into effect, abortion access will be restricted across the southern US. North Carolina and South Carolina have already passed laws banning abortion at 12 and six weeks, respectively. The New Republic

Democratic narrative:

  • The Florida Supreme Court's decision to uphold Ron DeSantis' six-week abortion ban, along with its approval of a ballot amendment protecting abortion rights, puts Republican presidential favorite Donald Trump in a bind. He must choose between alienating voters, while DeSantis's own political maneuvers could also potentially affect the presidential race.
    YAHOO NEWS

Republican narrative:

  • Florida Democrats are rallying behind the ballot initiative approved by the state Supreme Court, but Floridians, in general, are for reasonable abortion limits. Those opposed to a nuanced and reasonable point of view taking into account Florida voters are actually extreme. Compromises with such extremism must be condemned and avoided over and above the court's approval of the abortion ban.
    ROLL CALL

Narrative C:

  • The Florida Supreme Court has ignited a political firestorm for the upcoming election by overturning decades of precedent. Its contentious rulings underscore a deep political culture war that even transcends the abortion issue. Florida's electorate now faces a pivotal decision that will shape the state's future trajectory.
    SLATE (LR: 1 CP: 3)

Nerd narrative:

  • There's a 3% chance that elective abortion will be banned nationally in the US before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
    METACULUS (LR: 3 CP: 3)
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