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Could a special session on abortion access be coming? One expert says it's not likely

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Regan McCarthy
WFSU Public Media

If Roe V. Wade is overturned in an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling some worry Florida lawmakers will return to the state’s Capitol for a special legislative session to pass further abortion restrictions. But Planned Parenthood’s Laura Goodhue thinks that’s unlikely—at least not before the next election.

“And I think that’s because they realize this is unpopular with the majority of Floridians and that by taking action to further restrict freedom of reproductive choice and health, they would be going against the will of their constituents, and it doesn’t benefit them in the election," said Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

During the recent legislative session lawmakers did pass a bill that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Governor Ron DeSantis has signed that measure and it’s scheduled to go into effect July 1. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to block the ban. The ACLU argues it violates privacy protections in the state constitution.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

Phone: (850) 645-6090 | rmccarthy@fsu.edu

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