As Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) gears up for a presidential run, Planned Parenthood is reportedly launching an attempt to place abortion access on the 2024 Florida ballot. This will set the stage for a high-profile conflict.
In order to repeal the state’s six-week abortion restriction that DeSantis signed into law last month, abortion rights advocates aim to unveil their multimillion-dollar strategy some time next week.
The proposal would maintain the practice’s legality up until the fetus achieves viability, which usually occurs about 24 weeks into the pregnancy.
After Democrats utilized reproductive rights as a crucial theme to energize their voting base in the midterm elections, abortion rights advocates intend to keep the topic at the forefront of discussion during the 2024 campaign.
The ballot initiative will probably aid Democrats in boosting party participation in the Sunshine State, which generally votes Republican.
Planned Parenthood executives estimate that the endeavor will cost them millions of dollars. The group has to collect around 890,000 valid signatures before February 1 to get the initiative on the ballot.
If the proposal is put on the ballot, it has to be approved by 60% of state voters in order to pass.
The action is being taken at a time when DeSantis is probably going to include abortion restrictions in his campaign message.