Judge says abortion is protected by state constitution
The ruling came on Tuesday from Leon County Circuit Court Judge John Cooper, who argued that privacy rights found in Florida’s state constitution protect abortion.
In his opinion, Cooper at one point referenced Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a recent decision in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that there is no federal right to abortion.
“The right to privacy under the Florida Constitution is ‘much broader in scope’ than any privacy right under the United States Constitution,” the judge contended.
Fox News reported that for his part, DeSantis issued a statement in which he condemned the ruling and promised to appeal.
“The Florida Supreme Court previously misinterpreted Florida’s right to privacy as including a right to an abortion, and we reject this interpretation,” the governor’s statement read.
“The Florida Constitution does not include–and has never included–a right to kill an innocent unborn child,” DeSantis continued.
“We will appeal the ruling and ask the Florida Supreme Court to reverse its existing precedent regarding Florida’s right to privacy,” he concluded before adding, “The struggle for life is not over.”
Doctor gives breakdown of second trimester abortion
The pro-life organization Live Action operates a website called AbortionProcedures which features videos by former abortion provider Dr. Kathi Aultman detailing what different abortion techniques entail.
She explains that for second-trimester abortion, “The abortionist reaches into the uterus with the clamp and tries to grasp an arm or a leg. Once the abortionist has a firm grip, she pulls forcefully in order to remove the limb.”
“Piece by piece, the abortionist removes the arms and legs, followed by the head or the body, including the torso and pelvis, along with the intestines, the heart, and the lungs. The placenta is also removed,” Alutman notes.
“Usually, the most difficult part of the procedure is extracting the fetus’ head, which at 20 weeks is about the size of a large plum,” the physician points out, adding that the child’s skull is typically crushed so as to facilitate removal.