Charlie Crist pledges order banning state action on abortions

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Crist's pledged order sets Democratic Primary Election position on abortion rights.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist on Friday staked a strong pro-abortion rights stand, pledging an executive order banning state agencies from interfering with abortion access.

The proposed order, which Crist said he would sign on his first day as Governor, would prohibit state agencies from doing anything to prevent abortions that would meet the standards spelled out in the now-jeopardized landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Crist announced the move alongside abortion rights activists in Orlando, including Orlando Democratic Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, a former executive for Planned Parenthood.

“We cannot sit idly by as women’s freedoms are attacked by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republicans across the nation who don’t trust women to have autonomy over their own bodies,” Crist said in a news release.

“The women of Florida have a constitutional right to freedom and privacy and I intend to fight tirelessly to protect Roe v. Wade here in the Sunshine State,” Crist added. “I vow to sign this sweeping Executive Order into law on Day 1 of my administration to protect reproductive freedom. We will not stop until we deliver justice and equality. The Crist administration will always be firmly on the side of Florida’s women.”

The order provides Crist a position in the forefront of abortion rights heading toward an August Democratic Primary Election in which he faces two women who have also made abortion access paramount to their campaigns: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo.

Last weekend, Fried and Taddeo received rousing receptions at a Ruth’s List Florida convention in Orlando, an event that Crist skipped. Ruth’s List, which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, has not endorsed in the gubernatorial contest.

Then, on Thursday, Crist got the endorsement of Barbara Zdravecky, former Planned Parenthood CEO for Southwest and Central Florida.

Fried put out a statement questioning Crist’s sincerity, saying, “The only thing Charlie Crist could announce today that would help women is a time machine. That way he could stop himself before he nominated an anti-choice extremist to the bench. Otherwise, this is more of the same we’ve seen from Charlie Crist’s lifetime career of saying what’s politically convenient to stay in power.”

Crist declined to respond directly to Fried. He defended his own record, noting he vetoed an anti-abortion bill while he served as a Republican Governor in the 2000s, and that he cast a vote killing an anti-abortion bill in the Florida Senate in 1995.

“My record is crystal clear. And Ron DeSantis is on the other side of it and he’s dead wrong, absolutely wrong,” Crist said.

“Trust me. Trust me, because you can,” Crist added. “And my record speaks to that.”

Eskamani stopped short of endorsing Crist’s candidacy, but she did praise the prospect of Crist being Governor thanked him for “drawing a path forward for safe abortion and to uphold and recommit all of us to the protections established by Roe v. Wade and to those in our state constitution, because we have to go beyond the courts.”

“To draw a path forward that is proactive is essential,” she said. “But to then also have a Governor with veto power is critical. Because we have to remember that I have Republican colleagues right now who have already expressed solidarity and support in officially and completely banning abortion,” she said.

Crist’s proposed executive order would:

— Prohibit state agencies that report to the Governor from aiding or participating in any attempt to prevent abortion under standards set forth by Roe v. Wade.

— Direct the Governor’s legal counsel to begin judicial proceedings in the name of the state against any executive or any administrative state, county or municipal officer to enforce compliance with the privacy clause in the Florida Constitution and protect the rights to abortion access under the standards of Roe v. Wade.

— Prohibit state agencies that report to the Governor from cooperating with any federal agency or state seeking to criminally charge any individual seeking an abortion, any licensed doctor in Florida who performs abortions in Florida under the standards of Roe v. Wade, or any person financially or personally aiding anyone who comes to Florida to obtain an abortion.

— Prohibit state agencies that report to the Governor from cooperating with any law enforcement agency attempting to close a facility that performs abortions under the standards of Roe v. Wade and is otherwise in good standing with the state.

— Direct the Agency for Health Care Administration to continue to reimburse for abortion care in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest under the standards set forth by Roe v. Wade.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


14 comments

  • Death on a white horse

    May 20, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Crist will sanction murder of the helpless. Plain and simple.

    • Nancy

      May 21, 2022 at 8:55 pm

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  • It's Complicated

    May 20, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Wow. So, he plans to ignore Florida Statutes because he disagrees with it? That is almost the definition of arbitrary and capacious.

    • Court with no army

      May 22, 2022 at 11:36 pm

      The court has made its decision.
      Now let them come here and enforce it.

  • Tom

    May 20, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Capricious” not capicous” missing r”

    Under crispy, So much for “rule of law” as our Democracy is at stake.

    63 million abortions later, the revered roe v wade hanging on thread. Schumer and Senate Dems voted to allow abortion til birth! Beyond Roe. Disgusting.

    Chameleon crisp is a sell out. Somersault flip flopper. He will be spat out.

  • Itold Usoh

    May 20, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    I am NOT comfortable with abortion on demand, the apparent Democrat policy. The 15-week rule, the European standard, sounds like a good compromise.

    • Phil Morton

      May 21, 2022 at 3:15 am

      The European standard sounds fine, abortion on demand. “Although most abortions in Europe take place during the first trimester of pregnancy, rigid time limits can have harmful impacts, create pressure and further complications for women who seek abortion care.”

      • Tom

        May 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

        Hey Morton, you’ve been hiding with the the Biden depression. You get you and your Dums getting ass wiped in Nov. America’s Gov. the best!

        One problem, Dems voted for abortion til birth! Schuemer the moron actually had Dems vote til birth! Chameleon crisp the flip flopper is for life , but is for abortion. The flip flopper loser he is. As Bible says, when Luke warm, you will be spat out!

        Florida law is 15 weeks. Biden’s at 36% approval Florida.

        Florida the best state economy in country, beat down coming! 3.0% unemployment. Rising tide for all,
        Enjoy it Phil.

        • What is this

          May 22, 2022 at 11:39 pm

          I can’t read this. Are you having a stroke?

          Go get cancer like Ron’s wife wife or something.

          • Tom

            May 23, 2022 at 7:55 am

            Go suck some toes you pathetic Manchurian, fake moniker. It’s pretty clearly stated pal. Facts are funny things for you obviously.

            Wishing cancer on anyone is a hate crime. You will be prosecuted. Wishing it upon the First Lady is despicable. You will rot in hell, but you know that. Enjoy!

  • Nancy

    May 20, 2022 at 5:09 pm

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  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    May 21, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Apparently Chameleon Charlie thinks he is the grand Poobah who can decree therefore it is. LOL

    • Tom

      May 21, 2022 at 11:27 pm

      It’s a threat to democracy!
      Wonder what Morning hoe” joe would say? Where’s the outrage from Joe h, peter s, rick wilson, peter h, AG, they would think of this authoritarian chameleon crispy critters. Violate the Florida Const.for roe v wade, 63 million abortions later.

      Dems support abortion til the birth. Extremists. Dum Dum Demings. Just awful! 49 Dems voted yes. Manchin voted no, what a great man!

  • Fault

    May 30, 2022 at 6:23 am

    There is a time you have to say is it a Mercy thing or arrogant choice.nature is not the same as it is today.

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