DeSantis signs onto Supreme Court brief supporting Mississippi effort to toss out Roe v. Wade
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, along with ten other Republican governors, on Thursday called on the Supreme Court to ban abortions outright and regulate them in ways that are currently illegal, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Why It Matters: With the Court's newly installed Conservative 6-3 majority, this is the best chance Republicans have had in decades to adopt abortion law.
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What Happened: The governors asked the court to reconsider its previous decisions in Roe v. Wade of 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey of 1992.
These cases established and upheld the national constitutional right to abortion, although Casey also made it easier for states to regulate abortions.
The letter, signed by DeSantis, was filed in support of a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. Mississippi wants the court to overthrow Roe and Casey.
Another letter tabled in Congress by 228 Republicans asked the same question, stating that the verdicts constitute "a vice in abortion policy."
The big picture: According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, more abortion restrictions were enacted in the US this year than in any other.
Local Angle: The Manatee County Commissioner recently proposed a bill that would restrict or ban abortions there, even though Manatee does not have abortion facilities.
Pro-election protesters gathered outside the district administration building on Tuesday.
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