NEW: DeSantis’s Abortion Ban Forces Child Rape Victims Out of State

Under Ron DeSantis’s abortion ban that has no exceptions for victims of rape, incest, or human trafficking, at least two young girls who were victims of incest have been forced to leave the state to access the care they need.

In response, DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“This is the heartbreaking result of Ron DeSantis’s push to ban abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest. DeSantis has to explain to every Floridian not only why he signed a law that would force child rape and incest victims to give birth and threatens to throw doctors in jail, but what further bans he wants to implement.”

This isn’t the first case of children being forced to choose whether to carry their pregnancy or leave the state under DeSantis’ abortion ban. DeSantis has yet to answer for the tragic case of a 16-year-old Florida girl who, thanks to a law he signed, may be forced to give birth. 

NBC News: “A pregnant and parentless 16-year-old in Florida may be forced to give birth after an appeals court ruled she was not ‘sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy.’”

Despite vowing to restrict abortion even further, DeSantis has repeatedly refused to answer questions about what “expanding” anti-choice restrictions would entail. 

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While he has repeatedly ducked questions on his plans since Roe v. Wade was overturned, DeSantis has already committed to an abortion ban that’s even more restrictive than the current law in Florida.

Tallahassee Democrat: During his first gubernatorial campaign in 2018, when he was locked in a competitive GOP primary, DeSantis said he supported legislation that would outlaw an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is roughly around six weeks of pregnancy.