Democratic Attorney General candidate Daniel Uhlfelder declared Tuesday that if he’s elected he would not investigate or prosecute anyone for receiving or providing abortions.
Uhlfelder, of Santa Rosa Beach, responded Tuesday to news that the Supreme Court of the United States is on the verge of overturning the Roe v. Wade federal assurance of legal abortions. The draft opinion leaked Monday to POLITICO shows the High Court ready to turn the legality of abortions over entirely to the states, with many states ready to outlaw them.
Uhlfelder vowed he would not enforce an abortion ban in Florida.
“Let me be clear: As Florida Attorney General I will never investigate nor prosecute someone for getting or providing an abortion,” Uhlfelder said in a statement issued Tuesday. “I will use the power of my office to refuse to enforce any abortion ban. That is what I owe the people who elect me — to be on their side, not on the side of far-right, fringe extremists.”
Another Democrat running for Attorney General, former State Attorney Aramis Ayala, also pledged to fight on the issue, but stopped short of pledging to not enforce an abortion ban.
“We are on the brink of a dark day if SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade,” Ayala tweeted Tuesday. “The decision relegates women to a second-class status. It undermines America’s ability to say we are a beacon of freedom for all. As the People’s Lawyer I’ll fight for rights to safe access to reproductive health.”
Each of them wants to unseat Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody. Unlike scores of other elected officials, she has not issued a statement on the proposed decision.
Uhlfelder called the draft Supreme Court decision “outrageous.”
“With federal protections annihilated, the onus to fight for the fundamental right will be on the states,” Uhlfelder said in his news release. “Across the country, Democratic attorneys general have been in the front lines in the fight to defend and expand reproductive freedoms. Here in Florida, we have an Attorney General who has abdicated that responsibility.”
My Law, Not Yours
May 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm
If he isn’t willing to enforce the law, he can’t have the responsibility of being a chief law enforcement officer, can he?
America is a land of laws, not people. To be equal, every American must obey the same law. If I can violate to the law, but you can’t, that is patently unequal. There are no laws that pertain solely to one class of people, whether that class is defined by race, sex, wealth, religion. If that statement isn’t true, then I want special rules that benefit me and those people who are like me–not you.
May 5, 2022 at 2:58 pm
I mean if we are just making up laws that apply to myself then I want the one that prevents me from paying any taxes lol
May 4, 2022 at 6:38 am
“America is a land of laws not people”
Cant enforce the law without people though.
Just like say…judges lol
This sheriff is alright
May 4, 2022 at 9:57 pm
Good to se a sheriff that does not hate women like republicans
May 5, 2022 at 3:03 pm
Democrats are actively allowing men to destroy women… Woman of the year has been won by a man at least once. First female 4-star admiral is a man. Nearly all female sports and athletic records are currently held by men.
Pretty clear to anyone who is paying attention which party hates women… but if you have a problem with vision, its the democrats.
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