Val Demings, Nikki Fried lament Dobbs ruling, vow action

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The state's most prominent female politicians said there are still avenues left to pursue for abortion rights' preservation.

The state’s most prominent female politicians Friday marked themselves as angry and ready to fight the loss of rights that overturning a decades-old landmark abortion ruling represents.

The right to an abortion is nothing short of a woman’s right to her own life, argued both Rep. Val Demings and the state’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Demings, a Democrat now running for Senate, declared herself furious and disappointed in the ruling, but insisted this is not over. “We won’t go back,” she said.

Fried, a Democrat running for a chance to unseat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, said she puts some hope that the Florida Constitution’s explicit right to privacy can stop the right to an abortion from being lost, but lamented the ruling’s immediate results.

“This is a tragic day for women in America,” Fried’s statement read, calling it the result of Republicans’ war on women. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that women and girls will die as a result of this decision.”

Many of the state bans that will be allowed to go into effect because of Friday’s ruling provide no exception for rape or incest, like Florida’s new ban that prohibits the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. 

Fried conjured the suffering that will result from that, along with other scenarios.

“Women will now be forced to stay with abusive partners, to carry dangerous and unviable pregnancies to term, to be refused life-saving medical care, to seek out unsafe and illegal ways to have an abortion, to bear children conceived through rape and incest, and to endure a host of other indignities too varied and disturbing to describe,” she said.

Most Americans support abortion rights and Demings raised the hope that Congress will act to enshrine that belief in federal law.

“We must work relentlessly to preserve our right to choose and our right to privacy. We must protect Roe v. Wade in federal law,” Demings said. “We cannot go back to a time when women were treated as second-class citizens who don’t have control over our own bodies.”

Demings is one of the cosponsors of the bill that has been blocked in the Senate.

“Freedom means the ability to live your life as you choose,” Demings said. “You have a fundamental, God-given right to your own life, your family, your religion, your circumstances, your privacy, your values, your health, your body. I’m going to fight for that freedom and so will millions of others. This isn’t over.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Don’t Look Up

    June 24, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Elections have consequences! If Americans continue to vote for backward vision Republicans more and more young intelligent people will permanently leave Republican States for blue states.

    • Impeach Biden

      June 24, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      I will only refer to you as intelligent so that you will pack up your bags and move to Kalifornia or New York.

    • TallyBill

      June 30, 2022 at 12:41 pm

      If they are dumb enough to vote for anti God’s law Democrats then I say go to blue states. I will help them pack their bags!

  • Richard Bruce

    June 24, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Please, young “Intelligent” people who disagree with backward vision Republicans move to another state.

  • Every sane person

    June 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Really Val? You believe that Americans should be able to ‘live their lives as they choose” regarding health choices etc? Gee, shocking you’d say that considering the stance taken re forcing an UNAPPROVED shot -OR ELSE- on people seems to fit that bill. The fact that you folks take everything to the xtreme, including abortion on demand through the 9th month shows what utter disregard the left has for LIFE. You’re a leftist liar through & through and you’re being backed by the dirtiest $ out there. You didn’t care about the riots & fires & looting across this nation in the OTHER ELECTION YEAR, u supported it. Tells us all we need to know about YOU

  • Michelle Benetti

    June 24, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    These two women are the future of Florida blue wave. Vote BLUE because your RIGHTS depend on it.

    • Impeach Biden

      June 26, 2022 at 8:36 am

      Florida Blue wave eh? High fuel prices, runaway inflation, over three million illegals entering through the chaotic Southern Border. Lets add high crime to the mix as well. So who with half a brain in their head would want to bring a Blue wave here? Go to one of those sanctuary States like Kalifornia, New York, Illinois, etc. You know the ones that those residents are fleeing for Red Florida.

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    June 26, 2022 at 7:02 pm


    • TallyBill

      June 30, 2022 at 12:54 pm

      Val Demings will not acknowledge that she is a liberal Democrat because she is a charlatan and she hopes to bamboozle the unsuspecting with her stance on not defunding the Police. By not revealing that she is a Democrat she shows she is not trustworthy.

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