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Florida’s 6-week abortion takes effect, cutting off access in much of the South

Florida’s 6-week abortion ban takes effect, cutting off access in much of the South

More than 9,000 people traveled to Florida for abortions last year. The new law means the state is no longer a refuge for abortion access in the South.

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A ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy took effect in Florida on Wednesday just after midnight.

Before that, the state had been a refuge for abortion access in the South after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Florida banned abortions after 15 weeks in 2022, but the vast majority of its neighboring states had stricter restrictions, so more than 9,300 people traveled here last year for abortion care.

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