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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Viera, Fla., on Wednesday. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) indicated Thursday he could support a law banning abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, saying it was "interesting" and that he was "going to look more significantly at it."

Why it matters: States with Republican governments — newly emboldened by the Supreme Court's decision to leave Texas' law in place — could soon attempt to enact their own near-total abortion bans.

What he's saying: “What they did in Texas was interesting and I haven’t really been able to look enough into it,” DeSantis told reporters at a news conference in West Palm Beach. “I am going to look more significantly at it.”

Driving the news: Florida legislative officials are expected to take up new anti-abortion bills during the upcoming session in January, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

  • State Senate President Wilton Simpson (R) told WFLA that "there is no question" the legislature will consider a "heartbeat" bill similar to the one passed in Texas.

The big picture: The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision late Wednesday, rejected an emergency application to block Texas' restrictive law that bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.

  • The law, which contains no exceptions for cases of rape and incest, bans the procedure after the detection of a fetal heartbeat — before many women know they are pregnant.
  • But it isn't enforced by the state and instead allows private citizens to sue anyone suspected of facilitating an abortion, including people who transport a patient to get the procedure.

Flashback: DeSantis signed onto a brief in July asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade as it considers a separate case over a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.

Go deeper: Here are the next states that could pass abortion bans after Texas

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Texas judge: Citizen enforcement of abortion law unconstitutional

Pro-abortion rights protesters march outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin in September. Photo: Sergio Flores For The Washington Post via Getty Images

A Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy violates the state's constitution as it permits private citizens to sue abortion providers, a judge ruled Thursday.

Why it matters: State District Court Judge David Peeples' ruling, which doesn't stop the strict law from being enforced, comes ahead of an expected U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Texas legislation.

Dec 10, 2021 - Health

Chief justice rejects request to block air travel mask mandate

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in Congress in April. Photo: Michael Reynolds /Pool/Getty Images

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday dismissed an emergency request to block the federal mask mandate for air travel amid litigation in the lower courts.

Driving the news: Michael Seklecki, a Florida resident, filed a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration on behalf of himself and his 4-year-old son, and Lucas Wall, from Washington, joined the suit, all citing medical reasons.

Biden calls Fox News reporter a "stupid son of a b---h" on hot mic

President Biden blasted Fox News' Peter Doocy on Monday after the reporter asked if the nation's soaring inflation is a political liability, saying, "what a stupid son of a b----h."

Driving the news: The Biden administration has faced rising inflation rates over recent months, which it has labeled as "transitory."