REMINDER: DeSantis’s Extreme, Anti-Choice Agenda is Wildly Unpopular
April 6, 2023
As Florida Republicans prepare to send yet another extreme abortion ban to Ron DeSantis’s desk for signature at his urging, Americans are rejecting DeSantis and Republicans’ dangerous anti-choice agenda.
As he races to out-MAGA the rest of the 2024 GOP field, DeSantis is pushing to fulfill his 2018 campaign pledge to sign legislation banning abortion before many women know they’re pregnant.
Associated Press: “Florida Senate passes 6-week abortion ban backed by DeSantis”
Tallahassee Democrat: “DeSantis in his 2018 campaign for governor said during the Republican primary that he would support a law banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is thought to be detected, usually around six weeks.”
This comes on the heels of an abortion ban signed in his first term, with NO exceptions for rape or incest.
NPR: “The new 15-week ban does not make exceptions for cases of incest, rape or human trafficking.”
Under the abortion ban DeSantis signed into law last year, a child incest victim and women across Florida have already been forced to leave the state to access care.
Orlando Weekly: “Middle school-aged incest victim was turned away from Florida abortion clinics under 15-week ban”
Washington Post: “But when the Florida resident tried to get an abortion last July, she was stonewalled by a state law that had gone into effect days earlier banning most abortions after 15 weeks. After she couldn’t find a doctor who would give her a medical exemption in fear of a potential lawsuit, Lopes said she was forced to fly more than 1,000 miles from South Florida to Washington, D.C., to get an abortion when she was 16 weeks and three days.”
Washington Post: “Nobody expected things to happen the way they did when halfway through their planned and seemingly healthy pregnancy, a routine ultrasound revealed the fetus had devastating abnormalities, pitching the dazed couple into the uncharted landscape of Florida’s new abortion law … Even though medical experts expect their baby to survive only 20 minutes to a couple of hours, the Dorberts say their doctors told them that because of the new legislation, they could not terminate the pregnancy.”
But DeSantis’s extreme, anti-choice agenda is unpopular in Florida — and the rest of the country.
University of North Florida Poll: 75% of Floridians oppose a six-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest.