Notably, the Florida bill allows lawsuits to be brought up to six years after an abortion was performed in violation of the law, whereas supporters of the Texas law say that measure creates a four-year window for bringing suits.
Additionally, the way HB 167 is written makes it extremely difficult to challenge the prohibition until it goes into effect, and even then there are high hurdles.
NARAL Pro-Choice America says it is “horrified to see anti-choice politicians in Florida following in Texas’ footsteps.”
“There’s no question that lawmakers hostile to reproductive freedom in other states will do the same,” Adrienne Kimmell, the group’s acting president, said in a statement. “The harm of these draconian attacks cannot be overstated and they most acutely impact those who already face the greatest barriers to accessing care.”
The group said that lawmakers across 10 states have made clear that they plan to introduce bills similar to Texas’ in their own statehouses. Those states are Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.
One source who is working in coordination with other states in drafting similar legislation said that while some attempts will fail, he expected at least a total of 10 states to make serious efforts to enact bills similar to Texas’.
CNN has reached out to Barnaby’s office for comment.
After the Supreme Court allowed the Texas law to take effect earlier this month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters that he was supportive of more abortion restrictions, saying, “I’m pro-life. I welcome pro-life legislation.”
“What they did in Texas was interesting,” the Republican governor said at the time. “I’m going to look a little more significantly at it.”