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Will Florida Lawmakers Respect Voters’ Decisions on Abortion and Marijuana?

Abortion and Marijuana (Credits: WFLA)

The supporters of a Florida amendment aimed at protecting abortion access have faced several challenges in their efforts. Despite gathering nearly one million petitions and obtaining approval from the state’s conservative Supreme Court, they still face obstacles in getting 60% of Florida voters to approve the amendment in November.

One big challenge comes from Florida lawmakers, who have a history of attempting to water down amendments they don’t support. With Governor Ron DeSantis and other top lawmakers opposed to the abortion measure, there’s a possibility that the Legislature might try to undermine it if it passes.

Abortion and Marijuana (Credits: NBC 6 South Florida)

Additionally, outside advocacy groups opposing the amendments could file court challenges targeting how the amendments are implemented, potentially bringing the cases back in front of the state Supreme Court.

In the past, Florida lawmakers have passed legislation to enact amendments in ways that were not anticipated by voters or the groups that pushed for them. For example, after voters approved medical marijuana use in 2017, lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting smokeable weed, which was later deemed unconstitutional by a circuit judge.

Lawmakers can also use the budget to affect amendments, as seen when Governor Rick Scott pulled funding for a high-speed rail project approved by voters in 2000.

Abortion and Marijuana (Credits: Los Angeles Magazine)

In the case of the abortion amendment, the Florida Supreme Court justices raised the concept of fetuses’ legal rights during oral arguments and in their opinions. This could potentially lead to further legal challenges regarding abortion laws in the state.

Supporters of the amendments are prepared to defend them and ensure that lawmakers respect the will of Florida voters. However, they may face ongoing legal battles and attempts to undermine the amendments if they are approved.

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