DNC Statement on Ron DeSantis’s Fox News Town Hall

In response to Ron DeSantis touting his extreme anti-choice record, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:

“Even Fox News wouldn’t let Ron DeSantis get away with lying to Americans about his consistently cruel record of ripping away Floridians’ rights, including a six-week abortion ban that he would take nationwide if given the chance. Now, DeSantis is trying to gaslight women by telling them he would be ‘compassionate’ on the issue of choice, when he’s been on the campaign trail touting the extreme bans he signed into law – including a ban with no exceptions or rape or incest. Americans have rejected this kind of MAGA extremism we’ve seen from DeSantis, Trump, and the rest of the GOP field time and time again — and they’ll do so once more come November.”

As DeSantis continues to tout his anti-abortion extremism, Florida Republicans have introduced a bill that would ban nearly all abortions.

Florida Phoenix: “Virtually all abortions would be illegal in Florida under new proposal filed by a House Republican”

DeSantis is running on a promise that he would sign a national abortion ban into law.

New York Times: “DeSantis Says He Would Sign a 15-Week Abortion Ban as President”

ABC News: “In an easily missed moment during Wednesday night’s chaotic GOP presidential primary debate, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would sign a federal 15-week abortion ban.”

Radio Iowa: “On Saturday at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event, you said as president, you would support abortion restrictions at the state and the federal level. Would you sign the nationwide 15-week ban that the Faith and Freedom Coalition supports?”

DeSantis: “So I’ve said from the beginning of this, as president, you put pro-life legislation on my desk, I’m going to look favorably and support the legislation.”

DeSantis: “As president, I’m going to welcome pro-life policies across the board at both [state and federal] levels.”

Tucker Carlson: “You signed a ban on abortion after six weeks in Florida. Would you do the same as president, nationally?”

DeSantis: “Well, I’m very proud to say Kim Reynolds is here and she signed a great heartbeat bill today. We were able to do that in Florida. We had a lot of opposition to that. I’m proud to have been a pro-life governor and I will be a pro life-president, so of course I want to sign pro-life legislation.”

DeSantis: “Dobbs returned the issue to the elected representatives of the people. And so I think that there’s a role for both the federal and the states.”

DeSantis: “I’m a pro-life governor. I’ve signed pro-life legislation. I’ll be a pro-life president. … Of course, there’ll be executive actions.”

DeSantis last year signed an extreme law banning abortion in Florida before many women even know they’re pregnant.

NBC News: “Ron DeSantis quietly signs Florida’s 6-week abortion ban into law”

Tampa Bay Times: “Late Thursday night, in a private ceremony in his office, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. … His office announced the signing in a highly unusual news release sent out after 11 p.m., then updated his schedule to say the ceremony happened at 10:45 p.m.”

CBS News: “The bill makes it a third-degree felony for physicians or anyone who ‘actively participate(s) in’ an abortion in violation of the ban. It also prohibits state funds being used in any way to help a woman get an abortion from another state, and using ‘telehealth’ or mail to receive abortion medication.”

DeSantis has also signed into law a different abortion ban — with no exceptions for rape or incest — that has created a horrifying reality for women in Florida.

CNN: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law on Thursday a Mississippi-style anti-abortion measure that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy without exemptions for rape, incest or human trafficking. The bill, which goes into effect July 1, does allow exemptions in cases where a pregnancy is ‘serious risk’ to the mother or a fatal fetal abnormality is detected if two physicians confirm the diagnosis in writing.”

Orlando Weekly: “Middle school-aged incest victim was turned away from Florida abortion clinics under 15-week ban”

Washington Post: “Two friends were denied care after Florida banned abortion. One almost died.”

CNN: “Florida law allows abortions after 15 weeks if two doctors confirm the diagnosis of a fatal fetal abnormality in writing, but doctors in Florida and states with similar laws have been hesitant to terminate such pregnancies for fear someone will question whether the abnormality was truly fatal. The penalties for violating the law are severe: Doctors can go to prison and face heavy fines and legal fees.”

While in Congress, DeSantis consistently voted to ban abortion nationwide.

2017: DeSantis voted for a national abortion ban that would criminalize doctors.

2013 and 2015: DeSantis co-sponsored and voted for a national abortion ban that required rape and incest victims to report to law enforcement in order to gain an exception.