God Bless DeSantis, Abortions Fall 14.5% in Florida, Abortion Totals by County
A red wave has continued to engulf Florida since the election of Governor Ron DeSantis in 2018, and that wave has saved the lives of many unborn children.
As a result, the Republican Governor and Republican legislature have worked together to pass pro-life legislation that has included a 15-week abortion ban and other restrictions on abortion providers.
In conjunction with more restrictive abortion laws, abortions fell across Florida by 14.5 percent, according to numbers released by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
BREAKING: New health department figures show Florida saw a massive decline in abortions this year. More than 11,000 babies were saved compared to the year before.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) December 27, 2022
DeSantis’ ability to pass pro-life legislation in a purple state has made him a champion of the pro-life movement, as the Governor has vocally spoken out in favor of rolling back abortion in Florida.
“This is a time where these babies have beating hearts. They can move. They can taste,” DeSantis said of the 15-week abortion ban.
“We are here today to protect life. We are here today to defend those who can’t defend themselves.” ~Gov. Ron DeSantis
Governor DeSantis on the need to protect babies from abortion:
"This is a time where these babies have beating hearts. They can move, they can taste, they can see, they can feel pain, they can suck their thumb, and they have brain waves."
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) April 14, 2022
DeSantis has said that he is determined to defend Florida’s pro-life legislation from court challenges and to continue to build on it with more restrictions on abortion in the wake of the decision to overturn Roe v Wade.
He also advocated for being pro-life for the whole life, saying that he would promote child welfare in a variety of areas.
“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,” He said in June.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) April 12, 2022
While reports after the overturn of Roe v Wade indicated that abortion rates dropped nationwide by about 6 percent, Florida would still have more than doubled the decrease in abortion rates nationwide.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, there has been an uptick in abortions in the last few years, reversing a trend of abortions decreasing over the previous three decades.
The Agency for Health Care Administration offered a breakdown of how many abortions happened in each county, with Miami-Dade outpacing the rest of the state and Gadsden County rounding out the bottom of the list:
— Miami-Dade County: 12,703
— Broward County: 8,979
— Out-of-state residents: 5,439
— Palm Beach County: 4,503
— Orange County: 4,468
— Duval County: 3,661
— Pinellas County: 2,766
— Polk County: 1,771
— Lee County: 1,636
— Brevard County: 1,083
— Pasco County: 1,074
— Leon County: 1,073
— Osceola County: 1,014
— Volusia County: 1,007
— Seminole County: 967
— St. Lucie County: 826
— Manatee County: 748
— Alachua County: 731
— Marion County: 707
— Escambia County: 610
— Lake County: 595
— Collier County: 590
— Clay County: 397
— Okaloosa County: 384
— Bay County: 351
— Hernando County: 348
— St. Johns County: 343
— Indian River County: 260
— Martin County: 246
— Charlotte County: 232
— Flagler County: 202
— Santa Rosa County: 167
— Citrus County: 159
— Columbia County: 138
— Putnam County: 127
— Nassau County: 113
— Gadsden County: 101
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