State Sen. Lori Berman to draft bill that would protect abortion in Florida, rollback 15-week ban

'I think that the leaked opinion has really woken a lot of people up,' State Sen. Lori Berman says
State Sen. Lori Berman discusses abortion rights legislation, May 5, 2022
Posted at 4:09 PM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 18:06:17-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the expectation grows that the Supreme Court may allow states to ban abortions, at least one state senator in Florida is attempting to stop it.

State Sen. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, is looking to secure abortion access for women.

"I think that the leaked opinion has really woken a lot of people up, and I think we need to have this legislation out there," Berman said.

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She confirmed that a bill is being drawn up for next year that would not only undo the recently-passed 15-week abortion ban in Florida but also set in law the right to an abortion.

"The language guarantees that a woman can do what choice she wants, if she wants access to birth control, if she wants to have a child, if she wants to have an abortion, if she wants to put her child up for adoption," Berman said.

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The state senator has been here before.

This is very similar to a bill that she tried to push through earlier this year, but it never even got to a committee. It was stonewalled by Republican leadership in Tallahassee.

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Many Republican-led states are enacting so-called trigger laws, designed to ban abortion immediately if and when the Supreme Court allows it.

This comes as Democratic-leaning states draw up bills like Berman's.

But in Florida, she admits her bill has a tough road to climb.

"I'm hopeful we can get some discussion, at least discussion in Tallahassee about this issue and a hearing," Berman said. "At least a hearing on the bill in the Senate would be great."