The state is trying to block a new abortion measure from being put on the ballot, but the Supreme Court did not seem too impressed with the argument.
Nathan Forrester argued the case on behalf of the state, saying the ballot initiative would be confusing for voters.
Florida’s Supreme Court justices did not seem to be impressed with his logic.
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Forrester said the new amendment had an “enormously wide range of meanings,” claiming the language would confuse voters.
Chief Justice Carlos Muñiz responded, “It’s pretty obvious that this is an aggressive, comprehensive approach to dealing with this issue. The people of Florida aren’t stupid. They can figure this out.”
Justice Charles Canady added, “It seems like to me all these things need to be argued about in the political process, because otherwise it’s a restriction on the substance of what can be proposed. We’re not given the power in the constitution to impose such a restriction.”
Courtney Brewer, arguing on behalf of the initiative sponsor group Floridians Protecting Freedom, argued the language was not difficult to understand at all.
She stated, “There is no question that voters understand what viability means in the abortion context. This is a term and its meaning that have become a part of the cultural fabric of our nation.”
If the ballot measure is passed, it would likely lead to abortions being permitted through fetal viability, which is generally around 22 weeks or so.
If the measure passes, it would be considered a major blow to DeSantis, who has appointed five of the justices on the bench.
Abortion continues to be a polarizing issue for the Republican Party, as extreme laws have been put in place in many red states, creating havoc in elections on this one issue.
Democrats used this to pull off some unexpected wins in the 2022 and 2023 elections, so you better believe they will be tripling down on it again in 2024.