Florida court OKs abortion ban, referendum to reverse it

The state Supreme Court upheld the six-week abortion ban, but a proposed amendment will appear on the November ballot

Ron DeSantis signs abortion ban in 2022
This decision "will all but eliminate abortion access in the South"
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What happened

The conservative Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Monday that contrary to decades of rulings, the Florida Constitution's right to privacy does not prohibit limits on abortion. The ruling allows a six-week abortion ban, passed last year, to take effect May 1. The court simultaneously ruled 4-3 that a ballot measure prohibiting restrictions on abortion until about 24 weeks can go before voters in November.

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