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Abortion Numbers Drop in Florida by a Record 14.5%

by | Dec 30, 2022

Yes, elections have consequences! In the case of Abortion in Florida our pro-life Governor, the House and Senate has made all the difference in saving the lives of our precious unborn children. Florida has become the model for other states to follow.

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) reported that in 2022, abortions fell by 14.5% statewide. “This is clearly the result of a strong pro-life majority in Florida’s legislature and a Governor who asked us to send him pro-life legislation to sign and enact into law,” stated Lynda Bell, President, and spokesperson for Florida Right to Life (FRTL)

FRTL actively lobbied for the passage of Florida’s 15-week abortion ban and we credit that to pro-life legislation, our educational work, and our messaging. We clearly stated the truth about abortion and its’ negative impact on women and will continue to do so.

“As president of Florida Right to Life, I was proud to stand on the stage behind Governor DeSantis while he signed this historic legislation into law,” stated Bell.

When he signed the 15-week ban on April 14, Governor Ron DeSantis, who won a historic victory, said

“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.”

This past 2022 election cycle saw unbelievable success with our endorsed pro-life candidates. Florida Right to Life thanks its members, chapters, and supporters for their work. We could not achieve this level of success without them!

While we celebrate this historic drop, we realize we still have much work to do. Dade County reports the highest abortion numbers in Florida with 12,703. “This is unacceptable, we still have so much work to do to save more babes lives,” stated Jan Halisky, Legislative VP of FRTL.

Between 2017-2020 abortions increased 9% with the highest increase between 2019-2020. In 2020 AHCA reported 74,868 abortions, then in 2021 they increased to 79,817. Then, in 2022 abortion numbers dropped to 68,217.

Out of state abortions totaled 5,439 and we attribute those to the time before the Governor signed the 15-week legislation into law. “We must make our state the most pro-life in the nation,” stated Bell.

Yes, we celebrate lives saved, but we must roll up our sleeves and work with our legislature to pass more legislation to make abortion in Florida unthinkable.