Ron DeSantis rebukes Donald Trump, says six-week abortion ban ‘not harsh’

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The Governor defended 'the strongest pro life bill that Florida has seen in its modern history.'

Florida’s Governor continues to sharpen his defense of the Heartbeat Protection Act, taking issue with Donald Trump‘s assertion that the six-week abortion ban is “too harsh.”

Addressing the National Religious Broadcasters Convention Monday, Ron DeSantis offered a staunch defense of the law, which he said “is the strongest pro-life bill that Florida has seen in its modern history.”

“And let’s be very clear on this, that when we are acting to protect an unborn child that has a detectable heartbeat, that is humane, that is not harsh. It is the right thing to do,” DeSantis said.

These comments are the most direct from DeSantis countering Trump’s take that  the Governor is “losing women voters like crazy” and “has a big problem with women voters” because the law was “too harsh.” They go farther than comments made Saturday night to the conservative Florida Family Policy Council.

“We believe that everybody counts, everybody’s special, and our Heartbeat Protection Act shows that we say what we mean and we mean what we say,” DeSantis said. “And that’s a landmark piece of legislation for this state and I was happy to be able to sign that provision into law.”

DeSantis had zinged Trump over not having a particularly fixed position on the law, which is the second major change to Florida abortion law in the DeSantis era, replacing the 15-week ban passed in 2022.

“I think that as a Florida resident, you know, he didn’t give an answer to the question, ‘Would you have signed the heartbeat bill that Florida did that had all the exceptions that people talk about?’ The Legislature put it in,” DeSantis said during a press conference last week.

What’s clear about the remarks Monday is that the Governor, who has offered very terse statements on the abortion law in recent weeks, is ready to lean into it unapologetically as he readies his campaign launch in the coming days.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 22, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    Millions of unwanted children, mentally disordered meth babies and crack babies, bad genes due to unselective breeding..all headed your way because of religious whackos. They’re gonna tear the place apart. Gonna be tens of thousands of Ted Bundys running around like Vikings.

  • Ashamed

    May 22, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Christianity is so gross.

    • Dene Bonner

      May 24, 2023 at 4:33 pm

      Not if you are really looking at a true Christian (follower of Christ) all things are done in love. God has given us free will. We are not to force our will on anyone. How can you tell if a person is a Christian? The same way you can tell a fruit tree. By the fruit it bears inspecting it for its goodness.

    • What

      May 25, 2023 at 5:34 am

      Thats gross but aborting children isnt?

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 22, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Good evening America,
    Ron and I, Earl Pitts American, are calling out The Donald on his love of killing our precious American Babies.
    That’s it Don. I, Earl Pitts American, am considering a request to run with Ron as his VEEP since this whole “Don loves killing babies thing hit the fan.
    You know the Ron/Earl Team will prevail.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Ed Dot Com 👍

      May 23, 2023 at 9:41 am

      👆 This is an example of what might be born now that there’s no abortion ban. An intellectually disabled and mentally disordered waste of carbon atoms. And this is the LEAST of what we can expect now with the abortion ban. Just think about what even greater levels of unselective breeding will bring. Gonna be a bunch of Ted Bundys and Jeffery Dahmers being born… unwanted Vikings.

    • Dene Bonner

      May 24, 2023 at 4:36 pm

      Ron and Don are cut from the same cloth. They both are trying to face their wills on others.

  • PeterH

    May 22, 2023 at 8:33 pm


    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • Michael K

    May 22, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Easy for a (presumably) straight white man to say the draconian abortion law in Florida is not harsh.

    Millions of American women disagree.

  • Communist Dan

    May 22, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    As an Accelerationist, I’m very excited about the abortion bans.

    The next generation will have SO MANY more poor and downtrodden minorities with nothing else to lose that The Revolution will be inevitable now.

    • Dene Bonner

      May 24, 2023 at 4:38 pm

      Maybe. But it seems you all think the same and both will come up with the same end

  • SteveHC

    May 22, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    OMG would SOMEBODY please educate these “people” that medically, biologically, developmentally, etc. there simply is NO SUCH THING as an “unborn child” or “unborn” baby (unless engaging in fantasy, science fiction, or certain religious lines of thinking) ! A baby or “child” does not come into existence UNTIL it is born. Prior to birth it is a fetus, prior to that it’s an embryo and prior to that it is a zygote. PERIOD. Prior to at least the 9-week mark it is essentially a germinated organism that has human genetic coding driving its continued development – and so what? To call such a thing an “unborn human” is irrational nearly to the point of insanity, driven purely by imagination and/or religious belief and therefore to deny women the option of abortion is both cruel AND can EASILY be seen as unconstitutional in the United States on MULTIPLE counts no matter WHAT even female Republicans say.

    • Earl Pitts American

      May 23, 2023 at 9:25 am

      Good morning America, and, Good morning Steve “Leftist Troll” HC,
      If you or another one of your fellow “Leftist Trolls” murder a pregnant woman you, or your fellow “Leftist Troll” will be charged with double homicide. Think about that Sreve “Leftist Troll” HC.
      Stand by America for no, zero, nada, zippo response from Steve “Leftist Troll” HC.
      Queue American Patriotic Music Cranked Up All The Way $ffin Loud And Rip Off The Knob to further annoy Steve “Leftist Troll” HC and all his like minded bhole friends!!!!!
      Thank you America and Deuces on you Steve “Leftist Troll” HC,
      Well I guess that about wraps it up for properly addressing Steve “Leftist Troll” HC’s dook 4 brains comment.
      Earl Pitts “Just Added Another Troll To My Collection” American

      • Elliott Offen

        May 23, 2023 at 9:37 am

        Nobody reading your posts all the way through. Just disorganized nonsense. An eyesore on the website really.

        • Earl Pitts American

          May 23, 2023 at 10:38 am

          Good morning Smelliott,
          Smooth move my Main Man thats why I, Earl Pitts American pay you the big bucks. Now everyone will not be able to resist carefully reading and savoring every word of my, Earl Pitts American’s, sweet sweet knowledge and genious level wisdom in each and every one of my future “Education Of America” knowledge drops.
          I, Earl Pitts American, along with my, Earl Pitts American Fan Club, salute you Smelliott.
          Bring the wife and kids over this weekend for my, Earl Pitts American, BBQ pool party Smelliott.
          Thank you Smelliott,
          Earl Pitts American

          • Elliott Offen

            May 23, 2023 at 11:52 am

            That’s the most I’ve ever heard anyone say without really saying much of anything. Hope you serve more of a purpose off the website than you do on the website.. but I doubt it.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 24, 2023 at 1:09 pm

        What will be the charges brought against women who kill themselves either directly and intentionally, or indirectly via negative outcomes from a botched at-home abortion due to their having an unwanted pregnancy and no ability to safely end it, key word “safely”?

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 23, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Good for Rhonda for finding an audience where he figured it was safe to claim he will Never Back Down from 6 weeks despite signing it at midnight and not breathing one word since then until he was at the “National Religious Broadcasters Convention” which, wild guess here, of course means Religious Broadcasters that are not Muslim or Jewish or Hindish or Buddhist or any fairy tale or outlook on life other than Wacky Christians who stand your ground unless your ground is your uterus.

  • P Reese

    May 23, 2023 at 11:26 am

    “We believe everyone counts” Sure you do. All the women who are suffering due to your ignorance I’m sure appreciate your sentiment.
    If you believe everyone counts, why are there women unable to get life saving health care due to you favoring less than a handful of cells over a living, breathing woman fighting for her life. I would think you would be in favor of abortion as a way to prevent those pesky gay, trans and potential drag queens from springing to life. I guess you want to wait until we know how they will turn out before eliminating them from society. DISGUSTING!

    • Earl Pitts American

      May 23, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Good morning P Reese,
      I, Earl Pitts American, am going to need you to go up a little to my response to SteveHC and subsitute your name, P Reese, for every place I have used SteveHC’s name.
      Thank you P Reese, and I’m sorry but I, Earl Pitts American, am a busy man, and dont have time to chastize each and every dook 4 brains leftist that chimes in with his dook 4 brains opinions.
      P Reese, consider yourself chastized.
      Thank you P Reese,
      Earl Pitts ” Just Smacked Down Another Leftie” American

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