FACT: Ron DeSantis Wants to Take His Extreme Anti-Abortion Agenda Nationwide
January 11, 2024
DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:
“Ron DeSantis has ripped away women’s reproductive freedoms every chance he’s gotten — and now he’s doubling down on his extreme anti-choice platform in a desperate attempt to win over the MAGA base. After signing cruel, unpopular abortion bans in each of the last two years, DeSantis is trying to force his radical agenda on the rest of the country with a national ban that voters overwhelmingly oppose. It’s a losing strategy, but DeSantis and the rest of the Republican field are still lining up behind the same dangerous and unpopular MAGA playbook on abortion rights that keeps costing their party in elections up and down the ballot.”
DeSantis has promised to sign a national abortion ban.
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’s anti-abortion extremism is extremely unpopular with voters.
NBC News: “Recent polling finds the six-week abortion ban is not popular among Florida residents of either political party. A University of North Florida poll in March found 75% of 1,452 respondents said they either somewhat or strongly opposed the six-week ban. That included 61% of Republicans.”
USA Today: “Americans overwhelmingly oppose the next goal of many anti-abortion activists, to enact a federal law banning abortion nationwide. By 80%-14%, those surveyed opposed that idea, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of independents.”
Axios: “Most Americans support abortion access one year after Roe v. Wade: poll”
CNN: “A 64% majority of US adults say they disapprove of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that women do not have a constitutional right to an abortion, with half strongly disapproving – an assessment that’s almost entirely unchanged from CNN’s poll last July in the immediate wake of the decision.”
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.