This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reacted to a judge’s decision to temporarily suspend Florida’s 15-week abortion ban; the court called it “unconstitutional.” The DeSantis administration vows to push the fight forward.

“That was likely going to be what was decided in that case. We knew that we were going to have to move forward and continue the legal battle, and that’s something that was decided under state law,” DeSantis said.

“These are unborn babies that have heartbeats, they can feel pain, they can suck their thumb,” DeSantis added. “And to say the state constitution mandates things like dismemberment abortions, I just don’t think that’s the proper interpretation.”

“It was not of course something, you know, that we were happy to see,” he added.

“While we are disappointed with yesterday’s ruling, we know that the pro-life HB 5 will ultimately withstand all legal challenges,” a spokesperson for DeSantis’s office told the Hill.

“The spokesperson added that DeSantis’s administration will appeal the ruling and ask the Florida Supreme Court to reverse its existing precedent regarding Florida’s right to privacy. ‘The struggle for life is not over,’” The Hill reports.

From The Hill…

[T]he plaintiffs, including Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, say that abortions are protected under the Florida constitution. 

Judge John C. Cooper said Thursday that he will temporarily block the 15-week abortion ban from taking effect. Cooper added in his ruling that Florida’s ban was “unconstitutional in that it violates the privacy provision of the Florida Constitution.”

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