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Florida's new abortion ban and the race for the White House

A view of the Florida State Capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida.
A view of the Florida State Capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida.

Florida is the last bastion of abortion access in the southeast – but that’s about to change.

Starting next month, the state will ban abortion past six weeks of pregnancy. It follows Monday’s decision by Florida’s state Supreme Court to uphold a 15-week abortion ban, a move that removed the barriers for a separate six-week ban to effect on May 1.

But in a separate ruling, the court also agreed to let residents weigh in on the issue through a November ballot measure that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.

That could open a new path to victory for Joe Biden in the General Election.

What’s going on and why?

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