Ron DeSantis bobbles question about ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill
Ron DeSantis fires another salvo at 'wokeness.'

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DeSantis touted his '100% pro-life record.'

Speaking in Kissimmee Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis struggled with a question about newly filed legislation imposing strict, Texas-style restrictions on abortion.

Asked to compare and contrast “The Florida Heartbeat Act” (HB 167), a House bill banning abortions after the fetus develops a heartbeat, with what a reporter called “freedom of choice during the pandemic,” DeSantis fumbled and ultimately offered an inconclusive answer.

“Well, I think the difference is between, uh, the right to life is that another life is at stake. Whereas whether you’re doing stuff is really … if you’ve put something in your body or not, it doesn’t affect other people. So that’s in terms of protecting another life,” the Governor asserted.

“At the end of the day, government was instituted for certain reasons. To protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” DeSantis said, choosing generalities over policy specifics.

Asked to come back to HB 167, DeSantis demurred that he had not “seen what was there.”

“I have a 100% pro-life record and very much have supported when I was in Congress, and signed as Governor,” he said.

While DeSantis claims not to have seen HB 167, sponsored by Deltona Republican Rep. Webster Barnaby, he has been asked to comment on a Texas-style heartbeat abortion bill before. He wasn’t clear then either.

“It’s a little bit different from how a lot of these debates have gone, so we’ll have to look. I’m going to look more significantly at it,” DeSantis said earlier this month.

As DeSantis wrestles with abortion politics, which seem likely to occupy the Legislature this Session as this bill progresses (a Senate version of the legislation is expected), potential 2022 opponents of the Governor have already made their positions known.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who is running in the Democratic Primary to challenge DeSantis’ reelection, tweeted that the measure is “a direct attack on a woman’s right to choose.”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried offered a statement as well.

“This bill is dangerous, radical, and unconstitutional. The hypocrisy of this attempt by Gov. DeSantis and Republicans in the state legislature to take away our rights while at the same time preaching ‘my body, my choice” when it comes to wearing masks is absolutely disgusting. They have made it abundantly clear by banning masks in schools and refusing to apply for money to help hungry kids that they don’t actually care about children’s lives. It’s obvious that this is nothing more than a shameless attempt to try to control women and our bodies. To every woman in Florida who sees this news today and is afraid for your rights and your future: I promise you that I will do everything in my power to stop this bill from becoming law,” Fried said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


4 comments

  • Alex

    September 22, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    That is not a Harvard educated lawyer, or lil Ron has been drinking his lunch.

  • PeterH

    September 22, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    A DECISION INVOLVING ABORTION IS BEST LEFT TO A WOMAN AND HER DOCTOR ….. THAT’S WHAT THE 50 YEAR OLD SCOTUS DECISION WAS ALL ABOUT

     Seeking an abortion is often a difficult, complex decision, and to act as though women are unable to make that choice in an informed way is paternalistic and patronizing. 95% of women surveyed do not regret their decision to seek an abortion. Furthermore, abortions do not have long-term negative consequences on women’s health.

    Banning abortion doesn’t stop abortions; it simply makes them unsafe. The last thing we need in the USA are more unwanted children.

    • Alan Darr

      September 25, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Thank you—I can’t understand why men (especially old politicians) and menopausal women have any say in a woman of child bearing age and her doctor over her control over her body. I am a retired educator and over the years I have seen social change regarding the girls direction in thought patterns. difference mostly has been between girls with educated parents or with money and girls coming from depressed backgrounds.

  • Juan Ruiz

    September 24, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    I love DeSantis. Best governor in the country. Florida has very low taxes, is hard on criminals, and respects people’s medical liberties to not be forceably injected. And no, you cannot compare an unborn baby to a mask or injection. An unborn baby is a separate life.

    If you don’t like being free in Florida go back to the horrible blue states you lived in and ruined by voting Dem. Don’t bring your crappy morals and crappy voting habits to our red state Florida. Sit in your cesspool of blue states. Thank you. Patria y Vida

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