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Florida court clears the way for ballot measure on abortion rights – while granting 6-week ban

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Abortion vote in Florida wins in Court

Abortion will officially be on the ballot in Florida this fall, after the state's Supreme Court on Monday issued one ruling approving a ballot measure that could expand access to the procedure, but another that paves the way for a strict six-week ban.

The ballot measure would guarantee abortion access through viability, often 24 weeks of pregnancy. With this, Floridians have the chance to essentially vote on whether to reinstate what was once the federal standard set by Roe v. Wade, before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark case in 2022.

The decision in Florida also gives abortion access advocates the chance to add to their list of state-level victories.

Current Florida law allows abortions through 15 weeks of pregnancy, which the state Supreme Court rejected challenges against in a separate ruling Monday. The court did not agree with arguments that Florida's privacy protections extended to guard abortion rights.

Their decision allows another state law, backed by Republicans including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, to go into effect in 30 days and drop the limit to six weeks.

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