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Today, the Florida Supreme Court released an out-of-calendar opinion approving Amendment 4, paving the way for citizens to vote on the ballot initiative to protect reproductive rights in November. At the same time, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the state’s 15-week abortion ban, triggering Ron DeSantis’s extreme 6-week abortion ban. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement:

“Today’s rulings prove exactly what is at stake at the ballot box,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “Florida is now home to one of the strictest abortion bans in the country — a ban so extreme that most women won’t even know they’re pregnant before they pass the cutoff date.

“This November, it’s not just access to safe, legal abortion that’s on the line — it’s access to emergency medical care, medication abortion and contraception for the millions of women who depend on it each year. 

“Reproductive rights initiatives have won on every ballot since Donald Trump paved the way for the fall of Roe v. Wade, because the majority of Americans agree that doctors should decide what’s best for their patients — not the government.

“Over one million Floridians signed the petition to get Amendment 4 on the ballot, and that same politically diverse coalition will ensure Florida remains a beacon of freedom in the South. Florida voters understand that voting yes on Amendment 4 in November is our last line of defense.”

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