Trump’s Bans: Florida Republicans’ Extreme Abortion Bans Would Not Be Possible Without Donald Trump
January 18, 2024
Donald Trump said it himself: Without him, none of the extreme abortion bans being pushed by MAGA Republicans across the country would be possible. Now, ahead of what should be the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’re ready to remind voters of the severe consequences of Trump’s anti-choice extremism and what is at stake for women across America in this election, state by state.
As MAGA Republicans in Florida and across the country continue to rip away women’s freedoms as a result of Donald Trump’s actions to overturn Roe v. Wade, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:
“Ron DeSantis is so desperate to be Donald Trump 2.0 that he carried the torch for Trump’s bans in Florida, where DeSantis pushed through extreme abortion bans in each of the last two years — including one with no exceptions for rape or incest that has created a horrifying reality for women in the state. These cruel and dangerous bans are part of a flood of extreme anti-choice legislation from MAGA-controlled state legislatures since Trump’s handpicked judges overturned Roe v. Wade. With every 2024 candidate now committing to a national ban made possible by Trump, states like Florida could be the new MAGA blueprint for the entire country — and make it clear that abortion will be on the ballot this November.”
In Florida, Republicans just 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”
Ron DeSantis last year signed an extreme law banning abortion in the state 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.”
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.”
Florida Republicans’ anti-abortion extremism is overwhelmingly unpopular with voters, including Republicans.
NBC News: “Recent polling finds the six-week abortion ban is not popular among Florida residents of either political party. … 75% of 1,452 respondents said they either somewhat or strongly opposed the six-week ban. That included 61% of Republicans.”
Donald Trump is demanding credit for extreme abortion bans across the country and said he is “proud” of his work to help overturn Roe v. Wade.
Trump: “For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it. … Nobody else was going to get that done but me, and we did it, and we did something that was a miracle.”
HuffPost: “Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ To Have Overturned Roe v. Wade”
Rolling Stone: “Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Have ‘Terminated’ Abortion Rights”
Business Insider: “Trump boasts he’s ‘proud’ about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, the issue that has become ballot-box poison for Republicans”
Trump has repeatedly bragged about his role in overturning Roe and has claimed credit for the extreme abortion bans that MAGA Republicans have passed around the country.
Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”
Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”
Trump campaign radio ad: “And Trump nominated conservative judges, leading to Roe v. Wade being overturned.”
FWIW: “This week, we found more evidence that the Trump campaign has no interest in ‘moderating’ on the issue of abortion. On Monday, his team began running new Facebook video ads targeting voters in Iowa, referring to Trump as ‘THE MOST Pro-Life President in history.’”
Trump: “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade, and everybody said that was an impossible thing to do. I put on three Supreme Court justices. Very few people have had that privilege or honor.”
Trump: “Getting rid of Roe v. Wade was an incredible thing for pro-life because it gave pro-life something to negotiate with. Pro-life had absolutely nothing, being stuck in Roe v. Wade, to negotiate with. … And look, everybody that was president wanted to get rid and tried to get rid of Roe v. Wade … For fifty years, this has been going on. I was able to do it, and I was very honored to do it.”
Trump supports a national abortion ban and has a yearslong extreme anti-abortion record.
Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.”
Trump on if he would sign a six-week national abortion ban: “I’m looking at all [options].”
Trump: “We’ll pick something that’s going to be very, very good for pro-life … I’m going to be in there pushing.”
Trump: “There has to be some form of punishment [for women who have abortions].”
The Hill: “The Trump administration formally backed a House bill Monday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks… It would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison or both.”
It’s not just Trump – Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis have also pledged to support a nationwide abortion ban and support extreme abortion bans before many women know they’re pregnant.
New York Times: “Nikki Haley Says She Would Have Signed Six-Week Abortion Ban as Governor”
Bob Vander Plaats: “If you were governor of South Carolina and that came to your desk, would you sign the heartbeat bill?”
Politico: “Haley, who ‘often clashed with members of her party because she labeled them insufficiently conservative’ on abortion,
- ‘co-sponsored legislation in 2009 mandating a 24-hour waiting period between a woman’s abortion consultation and the procedure itself’
- ‘voted to end abortion coverage for victims of rape and incest in the state health plan for employees’
- ‘signed the most conservative abortion bill South Carolina Republicans were able to pass through both chambers at the time,’ and the law did not include exceptions for rape and incest.”
Kirsten Welker: “Would you support a 15-week federal limit?”
Haley: “I would support anything that would pass.”
Fox News: “Nikki Haley, 2024 Republican candidate, vows to sign federal abortion ban if elected president”
Haley: “Yes of course I would sign [a federal ban].”
New York Times: “DeSantis Says He Would Sign a 15-Week Abortion Ban as President”
DeSantis: “As president, I’m going to welcome pro-life policies across the board at both [state and federal] levels.”
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.”
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.”