Joe Biden’s campaign blames Donald Trump for effectively banning abortion through entire Southeast U.S.

President Joe Biden’s campaign said Florida’s newly upheld abortion law has regional consequences. Effectively, Democrats say former President Donald Trump just successfully banned abortion in the entire Southeastern U.S.

“Trump appointed three Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade, a fact that he proudly brags about,” said Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Biden’s campaign manager. “Because of Donald Trump, MAGA Republicans across this country are ripping away access to reproductive health care and inserting themselves into the most personal decisions women can make, from contraception to IVF.”

On a Biden campaign press call, elected officials through the region predicted the Florida ruling will have consequences beyond state lines.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said after the Supreme Court in 2022 overturned abortion protections in place for decades, Florida and North Carolina were the only states that didn’t immediately impose restrictions on abortion.

Now, Florida Supreme Court justices upheld a ban on most abortions 15 weeks into gestation and triggered a more severe restriction just six weeks into pregnancy, before most women even know they’re pregnant, that will go into place within 30 days of the ruling.

Meanwhile, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law barring abortions after 12 weeks of gestation. Cooper vetoed that bill, but Republican majorities overrode his veto and the law went into effect last year.

But when Florida’s six-week ban goes into effect, North Carolina once again will have the most permissive abortion law in the South, even if it’s more draconian than most of the country.

“North Carolina has a less restrictive ban, but it has a lot of medically unnecessary obstacles and our clinics are stretched thin as it is,” Cooper said. “We now expect even more women will be traveling to North Carolina, desperate to get the care that they need.”

There’s certainly no reason for women seeking an abortion outside Florida to stop in neighboring Georgia or Alabama, which both have strict prohibitions on the practice.

“In my home of Georgia, we have the near total abortion ban already in effect, one that criminalizes reproductive health care before women even know that they’re pregnant and threatens health care providers with jail time,” said U.S. Rep. Nikeme Williams, a Georgia Democrat.

“Already, Georgians face one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. That means that more Black women die in the state of Georgia within one year of childbirth than in third world countries.”

Williams said the Florida decision means a “de fact abortion ban” across the entire Deep South.

“Women across the entire southeastern region of this country will soon have very few places to go to get the reproductive health care that they need,” she said. “And that includes more than 2 million women of reproductive age in Georgia, who otherwise would have relied on travel to Florida as an option to access care.”

But Florida House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell also predicted Democrats in the region had reason for hope after the imposition of so many abortion bans. Already, she said Florida Democrats in a January Special Election flipped a state House seat blue by focusing almost entirely on insurance and abortion.

“Donald Trump and MAGA extremists have deeply underestimated the power of women,” Driskell said. “We’ve seen them pay for it already at the ballot box across the country. Voters have resoundingly rejected their extremism. Americans want more freedom, not less.”

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