Charlie Crist debuts two abortion-focused ads, welcomes nod from America’s oldest existing reproductive rights group
Charlie Crist. Image via AP.

Charlie Crist
‘Our state deserves a Governor who will fight and defend our freedoms, not someone who will take them away.’

Tuesday proved particularly busy for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. Along with running mate Karla Hernández, surrogates and community leaders, the former Governor and Congressman participated in eight events across Florida focused on women’s reproductive rights.

His campaign also debuted two new video ads highlighting his supportive position and welcomed an endorsement from the oldest advocacy group for abortion rights still operating in the United States.

The first ad, which will run on TV in media markets across Florida, features medical professionals bashing Gov. Ron DeSantis for ratifying the state’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks with no exception for rape or incest.

“Helping women during pregnancy or through difficult decisions about abortion, that’s my job, and I’ve never needed the government or some politician to come into the room and make that decision for my patients,” says ICU nurse Michelle Bell in the video.

“But that’s what Ron DeSantis has done, pushing through a law that outlaws abortion, even in cases of rape or incest and makes criminals of doctors and nurses like me,” continues registered nurse Tina Schmidt. “Charlie Crist believes women should decide, not government. That’s all I need to know, and that’s why I’m voting for Charlie Crist.”

The second ad, titled “It’s Up to Us,” is running on digital platforms and further contrasts Crist’s and DeSantis’ views on the issue.

It opens with a quote from late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself.”

The more than one-minute-long video includes news reports on the restrictive abortion law’s passage, shots of protestors opposing the measure and several clips of Crist vowing to overturn the law if elected next month.

“Florida, it’s time we take back control of our future,” a woman’s voiceover says. “Raise our voices and say no to the attacks on our reproductive freedoms by Ron DeSantis. It won’t stop with Ron’s new ban. DeSantis wants to expand further restrictions.

“The ultimate goal? A total ban — no exceptions. We can choose a better way, where we are empowered, supported and given full control of our future. This November, let’s join together and make our voice heard.”

Crist’s campaign called Tuesday its “Choice Day of Action.” Accordingly, he, Hernández and others traveled to West Palm Beach, Miami, Jacksonville, Lake Mary and other cities to partake in campaign events.

As Florida Politics previously reported, the campaign also set up 26 new billboards statewide.

“A woman’s freedom to choose is on the ballot this November,” Crist said in a statement. “Our campaign’s ‘Choice Day of Action’ is about standing up and making our voices heard on the single most important issue facing the women of Florida. Our state deserves a Governor who will fight and defend our freedoms, not someone who will take them away.”

Crist also got a boost Tuesday from NARAL Pro-Choice America, America’s oldest extant pro-abortion-rights group.

The nonprofit cited Crist’s “unshakable dedication to preserving the right to abortion” as key in its decision to back him for Governor.

“If Gov. Ron DeSantis wins this November, he will do all that he can to completely ban abortion in Florida,” NARAL President Mini Timmaraju said in a statement. “Floridians deserve a proven leader like Charlie Crist who will safeguard and restore their fundamental rights. It’s time to hold MAGA extremists like Gov. DeSantis accountable, and we’ll be working alongside our members until Election Day to make it happen.”

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at Jess[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Charlie Crist

    October 11, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    That’s right people. Vote for me or these Christian fascist terrorists will come for all of you. It’s already been a far right police state since grifter Rick Scott took power. Let’s bring freedom to Florida again. Together we will annihilate the conservative Republican con men and the stupid fake patriots that lower Florida’s IQ.

    • Hope

      October 11, 2022 at 7:29 pm

      Do you have your concession speech ready?

      • Charlie Crist

        October 11, 2022 at 9:49 pm

        As long as I get to embarrass and humiliate mini Hitler at the debate…it will be worth it even if I lose.🖕💋

        • Anthony Ruehle

          October 13, 2022 at 5:26 pm

          How can you call him mini Hitler when you are the one who wants to kill babies in the womb/ I know you and yours say her body her choice so I ask you this. If it is her body her choice then why is prostitutions illegal is it not her body and where do you stand on a person selling their body parts? After all it is now illegal to sell your kidney or liver or other body part, but if a person needs money to live or support their family why are you not out there screaming they should be able to sell body parts to get money. A kidney should get them around $50,000 to $100 000 and that would go a long way to feed and house your family. BET YOU DO NOT HAVE NERVE ENOUGH TO ANSWER

  • PeterH

    October 11, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……

    • Anthony Ruehle

      October 13, 2022 at 5:35 pm

      Peter if you want women to control their bodies as you say then why are you and others not pushing to legalize prostitution? After all its their body ,RIGHT. Also why is it illegal to sell your body parts such as liver or kidney. It is illegal to do so anywhere in the United States. But why if its your body. A poor person could easily sell a kindey for $50,000- $100,000 and that could house or feed their family for a while. So tell me why you only choose its thier body if they want to kill the living being in it. By the way the law in florida is abortion up to 15 weeks that means it has had a heart beat for more than 1/2 that time. If its you body and you do not know your pregnant for 15 week you do not know your body very well.

      • Ph

        October 18, 2022 at 5:45 am

        Wow love this comment! Would like to see Crist reply… but he wont.

  • John Smith

    October 14, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Funnyman Charlie Crist.

  • Ph

    October 18, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Its a womans choice to have sex. After that its the baby, the LIFE that has begun to be able to choose. I am sure a baby wouldn’t be suicidal! This so called nurse Tina Schmidt is most likely paid by Charlie and maybe has babies of her own. Lets stop using the word abortion and say what it really is BABY KILLING!! Christian or not any human thats right in their mind would not kill any human!!

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