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Manatee County will not be allowed to draft its own abortion ban

Ashley Moody
Patrick Semansky
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a roundtable discussion at the White House in Washington in June 2021.

Attorney General Ashley Moody's legal staff write that such a local ordinance would be pre-empted by Florida law.

Manatee County Commissioners will not be allowed to initiate a local ban on abortion.

In September, commissioners sent a letter to Attorney General Ashley Moody asking for legal guidance on whether a local ordinance could be carried out.

Manatee County Attorney William Clague received a response which he shared with commissioners Monday.

In a letter, Moody's legal staff wrote that Manatee County is not authorized to adopt a local ordinance because it would be pre-empted by Florida law.

Manatee County Commissioner James Satcher first brought up the issue in June after Texas passed a law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Since then, Republican state representative Webster Barnaby has filed a similar bill ahead of the state's next legislative session, which begins in January.

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