WEST PALM BEACH- “This is a setback for human rights of shocking proportions,” U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) told WPTV on Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision which granted constitutional protection to women seeking abortions. “This is one of the saddest days in American history.
Frankel, an abortion rights supporter, was not the only Florida politico sounding off on the ruling that now turns abortion laws over to the individual states.
“Today, the court correctly interpreted the Constitution, defended human dignity… and rightly declared that there is no Constitutional right to end the life of an unborn child,” said Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in a statement “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to allow states to regulate abortion was right constitutionally and morally. For nearly half a century, a nation founded on God-given rights denied those rights to its most vulnerable citizens and more than 63 million Americans never got the chance to pursue their dreams.”
Rubio also used the occasion to promote his ‘Providing for Life Act’ which he says will help adoptive and stay at home parents.
State Agricultural Commissioner and Democratic candidate for Governor Nikki Fried said on Twitter “It is not an exaggeration that women and girls will die as a result of this decision.”
U.S. Rep. and Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D-FL) also took to Twitter and used the opportunity to slam Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Under DeSantis, freedom for Florida’s women has been under attack. And with today’s decision, the fate of reproductive freedom in our state is now squarely in the hands of the Governor and State Legislature,” Crist said. “This November’s election is the most consequential in modern history.
As of July 1, abortions in Florida will not be permitted after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Gov. DeSantis signed the measure into law back in April.
DeSantis said on Twitter today
By properly interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has answered the prayers of millions upon millions of Americans. pic.twitter.com/CsPFpNnUPk
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 24, 2022
Rallies around South Florida are being planned for Friday, including at Clematis and Flagler in downtown West Palm at 5pm, and at Old School Square in Delray.
Fort Lauderdale and Miami are also expected to hold rallies.