By Andrea Alvarez

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday ending American protections on abortion rights. States now have the authority moving forward.

In Florida, several state laws and amendments dictate what is legal involving abortion. Planned Parenthood organizers spoke outside the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Tampa Friday following the Supreme Court’s decision.

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“We know that abortion bans disproportionately harm black, latin, indigenous and other people of color and people living in rural areas, people with low incomes,” said Elizabeth Baker with Planned Parenthood of Tampa Bay.

Abortion is still legal in Florida. The state does not have a trigger law, but it does have series of restrictions. Governor DeSantis signed into law a 15-week abortion ban that is set to take place on July first.  Right now, an abortion is legal within twenty-four weeks of pregnancy.

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“Abortions will still occur, even when they are outlawed. In just less than a week, I’m heading up to Washington D.C. to start my law school journey to continue fighting for reproductive rights,” said Ellie Levesque, Government Relations Fellow, Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida. “This Supreme Court decision only reaffirms my decision to pursue a law degree.”

The Florida state constitution does protect the right to an abortion under a privacy amendment that went into effect in the 1980’s. But there is a possibility  that protection can also be overturned  in a republican-led state.

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“We will continue our fight in disseminating progressive and comprehensive sexual health education to the youth of America,” said Natasha Milburn, and advocate of abortion rights.