Ron DeSantis says he isn’t pushing for a national 6-week abortion ban; New York wouldn’t go for it

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'I applaud states that have done that, but we have a big diverse country.'

Ron DeSantis continues to explain why a harsh abortion law that he thinks is good enough for Florida women might not fly nationwide.

During a Fox News Channel interview, the Governor said that a national version of the Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans abortion under most circumstances after six weeks of gestation, might not fly in a “big, diverse country.”

“I think that in states where you’ve had the ability to make improvements and to add pro-life protections, I applaud states that have done that, but we have a big, diverse country. I acknowledge that and I’m not suggesting that somehow New York is necessarily going to follow Iowa’s lead on that. I think you’re going to see differences,” DeSantis said on “Fox & Friends.”

It’s worth noting the rhetorical sop to New York likely won’t win him the Primary there. His last two poll performances in the state have been in the 10% range, 50 points behind Donald Trump.

The Governor continues to throw up caution flags for those on the hard right who think bringing the Florida Blueprint nationally would include the reproductive rights prohibition he signed in the dead of night during a closed Session in the Governor’s Office in between political trips out of state.

During a Sunday interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Mediabuzz,” the Governor blamed Congress preemptively for not being able to get the law passed.

“Look, the Congress is probably not the place you want to put your hopes and dreams if you’re supporting pro-life. And so I think we’re going to really have a strong bottom-up approach. We’re going to be working with states and localities to be able to advance the cause of life.”

The Governor dealt with a similar question from Fox News alum Tucker Carlson Friday, dancing around the idea that a national ban is possible.

“I don’t think Rome is built in a day. I think it’s going to take time to make progress in some parts of the country. But as President, I will be somebody who will use the bully pulpit to support Governors like Kim Reynolds when she’s got a bill, other states, as they advance the cause of life,” DeSantis said.

During a May appearance on “Fox News Tonight,” DeSantis said that after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, “there’s a role for both the federal (government) and states” to play going forward, but that “fighting for life and protecting life really is a bottom-up movement.”

“I think that there’s just a practical reality that the country is divided on the issue. And so the question is, you know, how are you going to be able to save, you know, more lives? Some of this is a matter of strategy, some of it is a matter of, you know, what could you do to be able to advance the ball forward?” he added. “Clearly in California, you know, you are going to have very, very hostile views.”

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    July 20, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Rhonda says “Leave it the states,” same as GOP says “Let the market sort it out.” That point of view lasts for exactly as long as GOP types like what the states or the market did. Otherwise it’s Rhonda claiming Jason Al Dean was censored blah blah blah Drag Queens blah blah blah Abortions blah blah blah Liberty blah blah blah

  • SteveHC

    July 20, 2023 at 8:58 am

    The guy’s clearly an established liar, just as most Republican politicians are at least on this subject – he originally said that hethought a 15-week ban was reasonable but oncethat was enacted he and his sycophant legislature immediately proceeded to go to work on and enacted the 6-week ban. DeSantis is si simply not to be believed pretty much no matter what he says as he’ll say almost anything to placate opposition then proceed to do as he truly wishes regardless.

  • Drag Queen ban

    July 20, 2023 at 10:30 am

    “But New York would totally go for a drag queen ban, especially a ban of those filthy vermin, the lowest of the low, lower than even New York’s PizzaGate Rat, even. I will ban New York Drag Queens,” sayeth Queen Rhonda.

  • Lynda

    July 22, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Oh, Ron, you poor misguided candidate who also turns Americans off. in person. Your comments make all sides furious.

    Give up the absolute policies and pandering to the old men of the extreme right who populate the wacko pundit TV shows and podcasts while they wait for more indictments for their crimes after trump’s pardons.

    State legislatures are beginning to tone down the hysterical pleas from people who will never be pregnant. The complexities of practicing medicine without medical education at the state legislature level are showing just how many living, breathing women will die due to laws from uneducated legislator decisions and language based on religious fantasies. The return to a sane compromise (Roe???)
    after the corrupt Dobbs decision lit the fire of “We won and showed those women who is in charge.” is about to sweep the USA.

    Ron, work on the crisis of insurance in FL. Let all the old men sit in meetings with you making more proposals to help insurance companies make profits from seniors on fixed incomes or overwhelmed single parents. We will wait out your last term as governor.

  • Cheesy Floridian

    July 24, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    He says “you know” a lot yet he knows nothing

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