Roe reversal divides 2024 GOP field

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who would be a top early contender in a Republican presidential primary, hasn’t said publicly whether he wants to further restrict abortion access, but supports enforcing the state’s existing restrictions, which he signed into law this spring. Some state GOP leaders have already shown an interest in going beyond Florida’s new 15-week law.

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“Florida will continue to defend its recently-enacted pro-life reforms against state court challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care and child welfare,” DeSantis said in a statement.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), said he thinks it would only be appropriate to consider federal legislation “where there is a national consensus,” citing wide opposition to abortions in the third trimester, for example.

“I’d like to see a day where there are no abortions in America except for preserving the life of the mother and rape and incest, but that will be, I think, in the first instance, up to voters in the states,” Hawley said on a Friday call with reporters.

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