Gov. DeSantis: Judge ruling Florida abortion law unconstitutional was 'not unanticipated'

Gov. DeSantis: Judge ruling Florida abortion law unconstitutional was ‘not unanticipated’

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Thu, June 30th 2022, 2:31 PM EDT)

SANFORD, Fla. (CBS12) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was disappointed but not surprised that a judge will temporarily block the state’s 15-week abortion ban — with no exceptions for rape or incest — from taking effect.

“We knew that were going to have to move forward and continue the legal battle on that,” DeSantis said. “That’s something that was decided under state law that was not unanticipated. It was not of course something we were happy to see.”

The state’s new abortion restriction was supposed to go into effect on Friday.

DeSantis went on to mention babies that have heartbeats, can feel pain and can suck their thumbs.

He spoke near the end of a previously scheduled Thursday afternoon news conference in Sanford hours after Leon County Judge John C. Cooper of the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Tallahassee announced his decision.

In Planned Parenthood v. State of Florida, the judge called the legislation unconstitutional for violating the state constitution, which guarantees a right to privacy and therefore abortion.

DeSantis’ office had already said it would appeal.

The judge’s decision comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decisionLast week’s Dobbs ruling ended federal protections for abortions and moved those battles to state courts and legislatures.

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The governor signed the ban on abortions after 15 weeks — officially called “Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality” — at a church in Kissimmee on April 14.

Planned Parenthood sued, claiming the law, as written, violates privacy and is not the least restrictive way to protect women’s health.

So did Palm Beach County synagogue Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor, which claims the law “discriminates against Jews, the mentally ill and those who do not share the views of fundamentalist Christianity.”

DeSantis spent most of his time at the podium discussing civics education, along with Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. and a 7th grade teacher at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Seminole County.

The governor discussed the importance of teaching American civics in school. He said Florida students’ test scores on the subject have improved overall and among student groups, and more will be done.

Then, the governor — who is running for reelection in November and is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2024 — alluded to the Stop WOKE Act by discussing places that take down statues and how Florida had math textbook publishers change their word problems.

After that, he made his remarks on the abortion law and talked about the southern border.

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