Anna Eskamani dares Republicans to call Special Session on abortion
Screen Shot of Anna V. Eskamani conference on abortion.

Anna V. Eskamani
'Any Republican who supports it will challenged at the ballot box.'

Saying that Florida voters have “been clear” that they support abortion rights, Democratic Rep. Anna V. Eskamani Friday mocked Republicans for considering hardline abortion bans.

Eskamani, a leading abortion rights voice in the Legislature and a former executive of Planned Parenthood, suggested this year’s elections would turn on abortion access if Republicans followed through with a proposal for a Special Session on abortion, following Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning the Roe v. Wade.

“I dare Republicans to pursue an abortion ban, as voters will wake up and hold you accountable for such an extremist anti-women and anti-freedom agenda,” Eskamani said.

“We must make sure that Republicans at every level of government feel the consequences,” she said.

Eskamani made those comments during what she labeled as an “Emergency Virtual Meeting to Protect Abortion Access in Florida” with activists, constituents and the media.

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She was joined by fellow Orlando Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith in decrying Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States decision, which now allows states to decide legality of abortion.

Eskamani repeatedly assured viewers in he Zoom-carried conference that abortion remains legal in Florida, albeit restricted, including through the new 15-week ban set established in (HB 5) to go into effect July 1, unless opponents can get a stay from the Florida Supreme Court.

She also note that Florida has a strong right to privacy enshrined in the state Constitution, which abortion rights activists believe will ultimately help protect abortion access.

“The people of Florida have been clear that they support not only access to abortion, but they support privacy as well,” Eskamani said.

She belittled Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini, a congressional candidate in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, for calling for a Special Session this summer to ban abortion. She said she recalled Sabatini rallying with abortion rights activists while he was in college. She called him a political opportunist who is disliked by both Democrats and Republicans.

“I am sick and tired of Republican politicians continuing to use our bodies as their political tools,” she said. “And I have no doubt that if he calls for a Special Session, any Republican who supports it will be challenged at the ballot box.”

Most of her meeting was spent talking to supporters about ways to take action, supporting abortion access nonprofits, volunteering with abortion providers, and pursuing voter registration, mobilization and organization efforts.

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]


5 comments

  • tom palmer

    June 24, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    It will be interesting to see how this issue plays out in the November elections. The lineup could change.

  • Tom

    June 24, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    No it will not!
    Are you crazy?
    Inflation, gas, cost of living, Biden Harris incompetence. Biden’s Florida approval is down to 30%, chameleon will be spat out. Fraud has no chance, she alienates everybody.

    Eskimo the St Rep, is a band of one. She has a awful nose, non telegenic and a far leftist extremist. She spews hate, had nothing to offer.

    Chameleon is stupid enough to select her as running mate. Crist has alienated Repubs, independents and has no chance with Hispanics. America’s Gov is plus 55% with 2 other those groups. He’s 95% with Repubs, if not greater.

    Enjoy

    • Abby

      June 26, 2022 at 1:13 am

      So you speak for the women of Florida? Anyhow you should wipe the brown off the tip of your nose.

      • Tom

        June 26, 2022 at 8:26 am

        Abby, Truth hurts wench!
        You have a Eskimo nose too?
        You a flaming leftist? Go crawl on your knees like Fraud. Eskimo is an embarrassment. Chameleon will be spat out, and Fraud is a disaster. Hopefully chameleon will put Eskimo on ticket, so we can laugh across state. Abby you still the midnight pool girl?

  • Edward Lyle

    June 26, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Those Democrats sure to love to kill them some babies.

    … a sick and twisted lot to be sure

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