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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 abortion ban stumps businesses

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies and CEOs are reluctant to speak out against Texas’ abortion ban because they fear there’s more to lose than gain.

Why it matters: As the de facto fourth branch of government, CEOs face more pressure to drive social and political change.

24 hours ago - Sports

Texas House passes bill targeting trans youth in sports

LGBTQ rights supporters gather at the Texas state capitol to protest state Republican-led efforts to pass legislation that would restrict the participation of trans student athletes. Photo: Tamir Kalifa via Getty Images

The Texas House voted 76-54 Thursday to pass legislation that would require public school students to play on sports teams based on their assigned sex at birth, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The bill, which Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is poised to sign into law, would make Texas one of nine states that passed laws targeting tans youth this year.

Biden's SCOTUS commission to hold first public meeting on court reform

President Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's bipartisan commission on the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a public meeting on Friday to discuss expanding the court, term limits and more, the White House announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The six-month commission will offer an analysis of the principal arguments surrounding the divisive subject. Progressives are pushing for more seats after former President Trump appointed three justices to the court.