The US presidency on Thursday denounced what it called an “extreme and dangerous” law to ban abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy, after it was adopted by the state legislature in Florida.

Florida’s state Congress, where Republicans hold a strengthened majority, sent this “extreme and dangerous law to Gov. (Ron) DeSandis’ desk for signature,” White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre said in a press release. .

The law, approved by a 70-40 vote by elected officials in the southeastern state, is expected to be signed by rising star of the American populist right – and possible presidential candidate – Ron DeSandis, who has already made it clear that he intends to validate him.

The law would make Florida one of the states to restrict abortion the most, without banning it, after the Supreme Court, which is dominated by conservative justices, struck down constitutional protections for abortion in its entirety nearly a year ago. of American territory, shifting to the states the responsibility to legislate on the issue.

The law also marks a new thunderous victory for the opponents of abortion in the US, at a time when the pill is threatened in the coming days, after the restrictions on access to preparations of the kind decided yesterday by the appeals court.

The only exceptions provided in the text adopted in Florida are those of “serious risk” to the health of the pregnant woman, fatal fetal abnormality, rape or incest. In such cases, abortion will be permitted up to the 15th week of pregnancy.

“This law prohibits abortion in law, but it will not stop abortion in reality. Abortions will simply be done privately, without medical supervision, and at increased risk to women’s health and physical and mental well-being,” said Democratic state Rep. Lindsey Cross, who represents the state.

Authorities in Florida banned abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy in April 2022.