Ron DeSantis claims there’s no ‘consensus’ on when abortion should be banned

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'The states are going to have primary control over it.'

Florida law bans abortion after the sixth week of gestation. But the Governor who would be President believes there’s not sufficient “consensus” to push to Make America Florida when it comes to the rights of the unborn.

“I’m pro-life. I have a record of promoting a culture of life in Florida, just like they’ve done in Iowa, just like they’ve done in South Carolina. Dobbs returned it to the political branches. I think the reality is that basically means the states are going to have primary control over it. You know, I do think the federal government would have an interest in, say, preventing post-birth abortions or things that are really horrific, but I don’t think that there’s enough consensus in the country to see a lot of mileage in Congress,” Ron DeSantis said Monday on NBC News’ “Today” show.

“What I’ve said is, you know, if you want to protect life, it’s a bottom-up movement. And so, let’s work with states that have done it. Work in your local communities. But you also have to understand, you know, what Iowa’s done is not what New Hampshire is going to do, and what Wisconsin will do is not what Texas is going to do,” DeSantis added.

Speaking of New Hampshire, that’s one Primary state that has led DeSantis to back away from the seeming implications of pushing through one of the strictest abortion laws in the country this year. DeSantis has said at various points that New Hampshire, New England, New York and California wouldn’t accept a national Heartbeat Protection Act, though he has messaged on the law in Iowa, which has its own version of the law.

During the NBC News interview, DeSantis also suggested he doesn’t want abortion legislation to be punitive to women, adding that he doesn’t believe Florida’s six-week ban punishes pregnant women.

“No, I don’t think this is an issue about the woman. I think a lot of these women, you know, are in very difficult circumstances. They don’t get any support from a lot of the fathers. And a lot of them, the No. 1 reason why women choose to have an abortion is because they’re not getting support and they feel abandoned,” DeSantis said.

“Now, in Florida, we’ve provided support and we’ve put our money where our mouth is, but at the end of the day, you know, I would not support any penalties on a woman.”

While DeSantis says this, he also has come out against what he calls “abortion tourism,” which is what he calls Pentagon policies that help service members dealing with unwanted pregnancies in Florida to leave the state if they are terminating the pregnancies.

A.G. Gancarski

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


6 comments

  • Michael K

    August 7, 2023 at 9:40 am

    He does not want anti-abortion laws like his six-week ban to be punitive to women? He does not think the issue is about the woman?

    Spoken like a man who is out of touch and out his mind and doing double-speak contortions. He cannot be trusted on this issue – we learned that from his last election.

  • Jake

    August 7, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    There’s no such thing as a “post birth abortion”. It’s a fabrication of the extremists. HOWEVER, in using those words of pro lifer Desantis, his multiple prisoner executions could be defined as “post birth abortions”

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 7, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    There’s clear consensus on when abortion should be banned. It’s NEVER.

    Let folks make their own decisions that are informed by their doctors, their bodies, their clergies if they are into that, and by whoever else they feel has an interest or could offer good advice.

    In answer to all the whatabouts sure to be hurled this way, see above, lets folks make their own decisions.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 8, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Excuse me! Sexist bs! The man has to be responsible for HIS sperm!!!!! If not , please cut off the penis that gave the sperm! Then let’s talk the woman’s choice! Common Good and Common Responsibility!

  • wendy

    August 8, 2023 at 11:48 am

    He’s lying just like he was before the 2022 election when he wouldn’t commit to the 6 week ban in order to get elected. And he doesn’t think forced birth is punitive? Or being an unwanted child?

  • Lynda

    August 8, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    I would like to know more about the so called “support” given to women in FL where a 6 week ban means a total ban on abortion. Do these women forced to give birth get money from the state of FL? Do they get enrollment in food programs to support their other children? Are they given access to housing lotteries? Do they get free tuition to help them obtain education which enables them to have a “living wage”?

    If deSantis’ support consists of referral to a”counseling” program which does not provide money, shelter or food programs, his claim is worthless.

    I would also like to know about the laws “warning” medical professionals who perform abortions which are needed to save the life of a mother. Many experts have criticized the poorly written sections of the laws in every state which bans abortion when the mother’s life is at risk from a dead fetus or a fetus with severe damage that prevents life outside the womb. Anti-abortion groups across the country should cooperate on wording for their laws which makes uses medical experts to write clear instructions for medical professionals listing what they may or may not do to save the life of the mother.

    Women die from pregnancies. Maternal deaths are rising due to confusion about the wording of antiabortion laws in states which have bans on abortion and penalties for medical personnel. Women lose their fertility by the delays confusion about the laws causes.

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