Ron DeSantis accuses U.S. military of backing ‘abortion tourism’

Faith Freedom DeSantis
'When I'm president, on Day One, that policy goes into the trash can where it belongs.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis is telling Iowans that he backs an Alabama U.S. Senator’s holds on military officers, saying it’s necessary to quell the Armed Forces’ promotion of “abortion tourism.”

During remarks Saturday at the Iowa Faith and Freedom dinner, the Florida Governor and 2024 candidate suggested that military members shouldn’t value reproductive rights and questioned leadership priorities given recruitment issues.

“They are breaking … violating the law by funding abortion tourism with tax dollars,” DeSantis said.

Noting that there is “a limited amount of money in a defense budget” and that ammunition is running short, the Governor continued.

“Our recruiting is in the absolute gutter now, and you’re funding abortion tourism. Is that really something that is helping to protect this country? So we need to fight back against it,” DeSantis added. “I can tell you when I’m president, on Day One, that policy goes into the trash can where it belongs.”

Earlier this year, the DOD rolled out a policy that “provides Service members the time and flexibility to make private health care decisions while accounting for the responsibility placed on commanders to meet operational requirements and protect the health and safety of those in their care.”

“Our Service members and their families do not control where they are stationed, and due to the nature of military service, are frequently required to travel or move to meet operational requirements,” the Pentagon said in February.

“The efforts taken by the Department today will not only ensure that Service members and their families are afforded time and flexibility to make private health care decisions but will also ensure Service members are able to access non-covered reproductive health care regardless of where they are stationed.”

The Governor has made this argument before.

During an interview with Hugh Hewitt, the Florida Governor and presidential candidate sided with Republican Tommy Tuberville, who has blocked hundreds of promotions over the DOD abortion policy, telling Hewitt that those holds should not be removed.

“What the military’s policy is, is not following U.S. law. They are using tax dollars. They are funding abortion tourism, which is not an appropriate thing for the military to be doing. So, I think our Republicans in the Congress should just take a stand on this. The DOD should stand down,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • PeterH

    September 16, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Can DeSantis sink any lower?

    • Cheesy Floridian

      September 16, 2023 at 9:00 pm


    • Earl Pitts American

      September 17, 2023 at 8:46 am

      Ron’s right but seriously America its a lot worse than abortions.
      Listen Up America:
      The Dook 4 Brains Left appointed a pig of a man in lipstick as the head of our military.
      WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!
      Vote this America Hateing Administration out of office once and for all. No more Democrat/Republican “My Turn/Your Turn in office the left has pooped in their nest for the last time.
      Earl Pitts American
      *queue USA Patriotic Music*
      *Frer Bumper Sticker*
      *I Stand With EARL*

      • Info Please

        September 17, 2023 at 9:02 am

        Earl your manuscripts speak to me. I am from a family of left leaners politically. I’ve been told you run a bootcamp to drive the leftist deamonic urges from us. I’m sending in a check for my whole family to attend. Do it must be every one voluntary or can some be helped even if they resist the educational boot camp. We no want to help distroy USA any again
        Help Wanted

    • Tom

      September 17, 2023 at 9:14 am

      I’m sure he can sink lower and probably will. Imagine if he did something for the other 27 million people who live in the state rather than just beat on the dozen or so people that are impacted by his pretend issues. He’s a bully and a tiny little man.

  • My Take

    September 16, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    Tax dollars for campaigning is OK though.
    And the health benefits no doubt HELP recruiting.

  • Terri

    September 16, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    As long as this person keeps talking and gets attention he is going keep talking BS. I hope it ends soon but not soon enough I am sure! SMH

  • Michael K

    September 16, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    I don’t think he realizes how pathetic and ridiculous he has become. It’s not just his “personality deficit,” his cruelty, or his abysmal record of petty vengeance, hate, and spite. He’s simply unappealing.

    Do people understand he’s wishing death on the hard-core MAGAts who will refuse a vaccine on Ron’s bad advice? Oh well.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 17, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      and to top it all off he’s a ringer for looking like alfred e. newman

      • My Take

        September 17, 2023 at 7:08 pm

        And acts like Mortimer Snerd

  • You aren’t

    September 17, 2023 at 3:40 am

    ‘When I’m president,“

    No you aren’t.
    Just get COVID or some other thing and die already lol

  • My Take

    September 17, 2023 at 5:22 am

    He’s simply unappealing.
    “Thoroughly unlikable” — Jennìfer Rubin

  • margaret

    September 17, 2023 at 10:14 am

    This disturbed man keeps generating clever-sounding memes to divide and criticize any position with which he wants to use to get attention. He thinks he is clever, but he is just a divider and a slogan-maker, trying to match Trump for title of the “greatest”
    mean-spirited person on the world.
    Ron DeSantis will not become President. He is even too mean for the worst, most far-right bigoted Republican.

  • Elmo

    September 17, 2023 at 10:32 am

    The show must go on. The show must go

  • Elmo

    September 17, 2023 at 10:32 am

    The show must go on.

  • WAT

    September 17, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Why are Christians soooo anti-LEO, anti-MIL?

    And they have blue-striped American flags on their leased STX-150?

  • Ocean Joe

    September 17, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Easy solution: remove all military bases from the hillbilly states. Problem solved.

    First Amendment Establishment Clause: No official religion, separation of church and state. You dont believe in abortion, dont get one. You believe in the constitution, honor it.

  • My Take

    September 17, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    Give him a few weeks and it will be “abortion terrorism.”

  • Danute Handy

    September 17, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    DeSantis demeansn ll women. Women do not use reproductive health as tourism, and throwing DOD policy in trach, does DeSantis mean he is throwing women in trash.

  • My Take

    September 17, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    What does DeSShorty think of the Pentagon spending some jet fuel on chasing flying saucers and space monsters?

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    September 18, 2023 at 2:53 pm



  • JD

    September 19, 2023 at 6:24 am

    “Abortion tourism” is such a patronizing – not to mention Orwellian – way to describe women and girls having to cross state lines to get healthcare (abortion), which by the way wouldn’t be necessary were it not for the BANS these great humanitarians like DeSantis and other extremists in his party want to enact. Putting a “cap” or “compromise” on abortion care is a ban – it’s a ban after a certain gestational age. Pregnancy is too complex to legislate, prolifers of both sexes refuse to acknowledge this either out of apathy or for lack of IQ. Going by personal experience, it’s safe to say it’s mostly the latter.

    Oh, and (per the Guardian) DeSantis was once employed at Guantanamo Bay. Nothing says PROLIFE like working at a place condemned by 150 human rights organizations, right Ronny?

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