Francis Suarez challenges Ron DeSantis on abortion

Francis Suarez Ron DeSantis
Miami Mayor backs 15 week ban, not the six-week threshold DeSantis prefers.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, the newest candidate in the Republican presidential field, drew some distinctions between himself and his rivals Thursday, suggesting that the six-week abortion ban signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is too severe.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Suarez expressed support for a 15-week federal abortion ban, saying the country “is not there yet” on six weeks.

When it comes to abortion, Suarez indicated to the AP that the limits in the new law in Florida and other states are much stricter than what he would support as president.

“Look, I think that the country is not there yet,” he said of the six-week ban, which is before many women know they are pregnant.

He said he would back a 15-week federal abortion ban with rare exceptions, in line with a plan proposed by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina last year that more moderate Republicans tried to distance themselves from before the midterm elections.

“We are in a situation where 70% of the country agrees with a limitation of 15 weeks where there is an exception for the life of the mother and an exception for rape and incest, and I think that is a position that will save a tremendous amount of babies,” Suarez said. “If there was that kind of federal law, that’s one that I would support as president.”

The six-week abortion ban in Florida will take effect if the state’s current 15-week ban is upheld in an ongoing legal challenge that is before the state Supreme Court, which is controlled by conservatives.

He also said his status as the only Hispanic candidate in the GOP race gives him “a lot of credibility” in a conversation about reforming immigration laws, though he was vague about what he’d propose.

“I do think that we need to right-size legal immigration and that it should be connected to our employment rate and our declining birth rate,” said Suarez, who has Cuban ancestry. “And I do think we have to do something with those who are undocumented in our country.”

Suarez, 45, made his candidacy official Wednesday by filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. He announced his run Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” evading questions about the GOP primary front-runner, former President Donald Trump, who appeared in federal court in Suarez’s city two days ago on charges he illegally hoarded classified documents and refused government demands to give them back.

He is the third Florida resident to launch a 2024 bid for the White House, but the race so far is largely seen as a contest between the two other candidates in his state: Trump and DeSantis. Suarez has said he did not vote for Trump for president in 2016 or 2020 or for DeSantis for governor in 2018, though he did end up backing him in 2022.

Published with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • MelTar

    June 17, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Finally, a moderate Republican who isn’t singing the Christian Nationalist tune. He talks common sense about immigration, declining birth rates, and tolerance. Let’s see if he sticks to his platform when the extremes on both sides spew their divisive vitriol.

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    • RD’24

      June 19, 2023 at 9:32 am

      Suarez is a D posing as an R.
      He has children. Suarez knows the human heartbeat beats at 3 weeks but objects to allowing life at 6 weeks.

      What Governor DeSantis signed is not a radical position it is consistent in protecting innocent, defenseless human life.

      A person should not justify killing a human being due to gestational size or if it the child is wanted or not. The fetus (In Latin, “little one”) is either a human being, and therefore possesses infinite value.

      Suarez would prefer FL be the “destination holocaust of baby death“ to continue, which is why women from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana were traveling here to kill their children before our Governor signed this bill.

      Suarez is “not there yet” intellectually to understand that the Founding Father’s protected all human life, including slaves, and those human beings who are so small you cannot see them without an ultrasound though they exist in their mother’s wombs.

      Whether you agree on abortion or not biologically human life is alive. Suarez is disingenuous and pandering to the left. Good luck in a primary,
      Frances = Crist.

      • Al

        June 19, 2023 at 9:50 am

        I’M catholic and don’t believe in abortions.
        I looked at a number of articles and they do not verify your heartbeat at 3 weeks statement which seems to be a big premise for your arguments.

        • RD’24

          June 19, 2023 at 11:02 am

          You are correct, I was thinking about the heart; it actually forms in 18 days.

          A heartbeat can be detected between four weeks and 6 weeks in an ultrasound.
          The fetus is a separate human life from the mother and alive irrespective at 3 weeks. This was not the premise for my argument anyway. If you are Catholic then you know the Catholic church teaches the embryo/fetus is sacred and a human person from the moment of conception. CCC 2319.

          • Joe

            June 20, 2023 at 4:37 pm

            The “heartbeat” sound at 3 weeks is manufactured by the ultrasound machine from simple electrical activity from a group of cells. It intentionally replicates the sounds of an actual human heartbeat that is made by cardiac valves opening and closing to pump blood through the heart.

            Any “Heartbeat bill” BS is just rhetoric by Republican politicians and their lobbyists.

          • Joe

            June 20, 2023 at 4:38 pm

            The “heartbeat” sound at 3 weeks is manufactured by the ultrasound machine from simple electrical activity from a group of cells. It intentionally replicates the sounds of an actual human heartbeat that is made by cardiac valves opening and closing to pump blood through the heart.

            Any “Heartbeat bill” talk is just political rhetoric by Republican liars and Christian lobbyists.

      • Joe

        June 20, 2023 at 4:33 pm

        Lil Ronnie is also a D posing as an R — but in his case the D means something else.

        And you are dead wrong about the fetal heartbeat, which is no more than an electrical current until the cardiac valves develop at 16-20 weeks. Not that any RD supporter knows anything about science or medicine anyway.

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Two “Florida Men” advancing their identical political agenda ……. on which candidate can advantageously restrict women’s health! UNBELIEVABLE!

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • Ed Dot Com Worldwide 👍

    June 17, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    DeSantis doesn’t give a fk if people get abortions at 24 weeks… he’s just pandering to the religious whackos.

  • Tom

    June 17, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    “The country is not there yet”🤡
    And it’s not gonna ever be you fking morons. Nobody want your conservative bullsht man keep it in church and out in the woods.

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  • Dale A Arnold

    June 20, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Remember when they (Republicans) would scream about states rights when it came to abortion? Now that their years of plotting a conservative majority in the Supreme Court has given them their “states rights to” regulate abortion…
    Now they have changed their tune cause.. (this must have been shocking to them) blue states also have “states rights”and are exercising their “states rights” and they don’t like what the blue states are doing with their” states rights” in regards to abortions . So now they want a federal ban! It was never about” states rights” but control of women bodies! If they truly believed in “states rights” why don’t they in every state put it up to the people to vote on? They won’t cause even in the deep red states they lose!

    • Joe

      June 20, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      All Republicans are RINOs since Trump came on the scene.

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