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Published on April 02, 2024
Biden Blasts Florida's Top Court: Abortion Law an "Extreme Decision" That Cuts DeepSource: Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In a move that's sparking widespread contention, the Florida Supreme Court has upheld a severe abortion law, setting a precedent for even more stringent restrictions by Governor Ron DeSantis. President Joe Biden, fiercely opposing the decision, stated, "Yesterday’s extreme decision puts desperately needed medical care even further out of reach for millions of women in Florida and across the South," according to a statement from The White House.

Biden’s scathing rebuke continued, asserting that the court's ruling adheres to other Republican officials' restrictive measures spreading across the country, endangering women's health and well-being. By doing so, these laws, Biden says, do not only threaten women's bodily autonomy but also dangle the sword of legal persecution over physicians trained to aid them; these medical professionals now face the possibility of imprisonment for fulfilling their sworn duty.

In lockstep with Biden's vehement criticism, Vice President Kamala Harris is unyielding in her support for a woman’s right to reproductive choice. The duo banks on Florida's voters who confront an upcoming ballot initiative in November to echo their displeasure. It's hoped by the administration that through this direct form of democracy, Floridians will push back against what the President labels as "extreme laws."

The President and Vice President both, in light of the court’s decision, remain undeterred in their mission to "protect reproductive freedom in Florida and across the nation," as asserted in Biden's statement. They are forthright in their plea for Congressional action to bring back the protections once enshrined by Roe v. Wade; the protections that guarded a woman's sovereignty over her own body—the very freedoms now in jeopardy, churned to dust under the heavy weight of this legal ruling.