Orlando Rep. Eskamani files legislation to protect people who self-induce abortions
Orlando Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani has filed legislation that would forbid Florida from criminalizing people who end their own pregnancy through self-managed abortion.
Currently under Florida law, anyone who performs or participates in the termination of a pregnancy after 15 weeks, can be charged with a third degree felony.
The bill would protect women who end their own pregnancies at home, through methods including the use of abortion pills.
The legislation was co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Lauren Book.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans have said they don’t support criminalizing women who get abortions. A six-week ban on abortion has been signed into law, but it’s not yet effective in the state.
An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted in July found two-thirds of Americans think abortion should be legal in most cases. 1 in 10 say it should always be illegal.
Read Florida's abortion laws here.