Democrats FUMING As DeSantis Signs Historic New Bill Into Law
(TruthandLiberty.com) – Over the last several weeks, pro-choice and pro-abortion activists marched in front of conservative Supreme Court Justices’ homes. The protests started after someone leaked Justice Samuel Alito’s first draft of an opinion that could see Roe v. Wade overturned as a consequence in late June or early July by the 6-3 conservative majority of the Supreme Court. In Florida, Republicans want to ensure private citizens don’t endure protests at their homes.
On Monday, May 16, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis passed anti-picketing legislation into law. The governor said he was proud to sign HB 1571, adding it’s inappropriate for angry crowds to gather in front of the homes of the Supreme Court Justices because they don’t like a decision. Instead, he said the Florida law would provide protections to residents who live in its neighborhoods.
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The new Florida law goes into effect on October 31. It will ban residential protests and label such actions as harassment and a public disturbance. Fox News reported police could only enforce the law if protestors ignored lawful orders to disperse from neighborhoods. The punishment for violating the law is a second-degree misdemeanor with up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Some activists say the law is an unconstitutional infringement on free speech rights. Yet, Florida state Rep. Randy Maggard (R) argued that a 1988 Supreme Court case involving abortion protestors outside a Washington, DC, doctor’s home said the government could prohibit protests outside his residence.
Stay tuned. This law may face court challenges.
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