Democrats deride Ron DeSantis’ call for ‘compassion’ for Texas mother seeking abortion

DeSantis has signed 2 laws that make it even more difficult than it is in Texas to get a medical exception to the state's abortion ban.

As one Texas woman’s troubled pregnancy hit national headlines — and Republican presidential candidates were asked about their anti-abortion stance in relation to cases like hers — national Democrats are deriding Ron DeSantis’ call for compassion.

DeSantis, on CNN’s town hall, did not directly address the case of Texas mother Kate Cox, who discovered in week 20 of her pregnancy that she was carrying a child with an often-fatal, rare chromosomal defect. She was told that continuing pregnancy could jeopardize her future fertility, according to reports.

“These are very difficult issues, and nobody would wish this to happen on anybody,” DeSantis said during the town hall.

He said such issues should be approached “with compassion,” echoing his rival, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

“If you’re in that situation as a mother, that’s an incredibly difficult thing to have to deal with,” he said.

DeSantis, however, has signed two laws that make it even more difficult than it is in Texas to get a medical exception to Florida’s abortion bans.

In 2022, DeSantis signed a 15-week ban on the procedure, with medical exceptions to save a mother’s life, to prevent serious injury to the mother or if the baby has a fatal abnormality. Unlike Texas, however, where just one doctor must certify when a medical exception is called for, Florida requires that two doctors attest in writing that medical complications present a reason for an abortion to be performed.

“If Kate Cox lived in Florida, Ron DeSantis’s cruel anti-abortion extremism could have her facing the same tragic situation that she faced in Texas — a fact he conveniently failed to mention this week when he dodged talking about the horrifying attack on women’s freedoms by MAGA Republicans in Cox’s home state,” said Sarafina Chitika, the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) national Press Secretary.

Florida’s six-week ban — before most women know they are pregnant — would go into effect 30 days after a ruling from the state Supreme Court if the court finds a 15-week ban, approved in 2022, is constitutional.

DeSantis, on CNN, emphasized the rarity of cases like this in his reply.

“I understand they’re very difficult and these things get a lot of press attention,” he said. “But that’s a very small percentage that those exceptions cover. You know, there’s a lot of other situations where we have an opportunity to realize really good human potential, and we’ve worked to protect as many lives as we could in Florida.”

Ultimately, Cox traveled out of Texas to abort her pregnancy. Her fetus was diagnosed with trisomy 18, which is a condition with a very high likelihood of miscarriage or stillbirth and low survival rates.

Other women are coming forward to talk about how the law has been applied to their specific situation with doctors unsure of what point the law considers an allowable exception to perform an abortion for the life of the mother.

Anya Cook of Broward County was one of 18 women on Nightline Thursday night recounting how she was sent home from a Coral Springs hospital after her amniotic fluid leaked out of her just a few days after she hit the 15-week mark.

She rushed to the hospital and was given startling news from the attending physician.

“He told me in that very moment you can get an infection, possibly sepsis and die,” Cook told journalist Diane Sawyer. “All I’m thinking is, ‘I’m at the hospital. I won’t die because I am at the hospital.’”

But, because of Florida’s 15-week ban on abortion, she was discharged to wait for her situation to worsen.

“The nurse asked if she could pray for me,” she said.

Medical records would later show that she later lost about half the blood in her body because of a rupture of the membranes, according to The Washington Post.

As a presidential candidate, DeSantis has committed to a 15-week federal abortion ban.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • JD

    December 15, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    F.uck R.on D.esantis

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Theologian" American

    December 15, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Good Afternoon America,
    Its pathetic how the “Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s” cant seem to welcome themselves to 2023 rather than continueing to think “Killing Babies” AKA “Abortion” is still an election issue to bash good honest political “Heros” with like our “Next POTUS Ron “THE RONALD” DeSants & his “Lovely Wife” Casey.
    Wake up “Old School Dook 4 Brains Leftys” its not 1965, nobody’s burning their bra, and nobody wants to “Kill Babies” any more,l.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • JD

      December 15, 2023 at 1:45 pm

      F@ck you too EarL Shitts (with that Big L for LOSER).

      Your The Ronald “McDonald”s clown show is almost over.

      Have you accepted with Jesus as your lord and savior that Ron’s not going to be this generations comeback kid. He’s the new Pete Wilson.

      You Dook 4 Brains groomer, and before you feel the need to ask about my sphincter relaxing (you perv), just don’t.

      • Earl Pitts "Great American Thinker" American

        December 15, 2023 at 3:51 pm

        Thanks for reaching out for help, my Besty Lefty, JD,
        I, Earl Pitts American, can clearly see my “SAGE WORDS OF PURE “D” WISDOM” have caused a littie more serious of a situation than the usual “Help Me Earl” my panties have bunched up again in my tater hole and it really really hurts.
        Son it appears your panties have caught themselves on fire and I’ve got “The Paw Patrol” on the job and on their way to your rescue.
        Earl Pitts “NO JOB TOO TALL NO PUP TO SMALL” American

        • Rick Whitaker

          December 15, 2023 at 8:17 pm


        • JD

          December 16, 2023 at 8:07 pm

          EarL Shitts,

          That might be so, if I wore panties. But unlike your cross-dressing groomer self, I will not discuss my underwear on a public forum. Again, your true colors (grooming, butthole, and underpants fetishes) are showing through.

          Perhaps there is a place for you on the Sarasota schoolboard once Zeigler is removed.

    • Rick Whitaker

      December 15, 2023 at 8:19 pm


  • Abram Nicholson

    December 15, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Two faced DeSantis opens his mouth again, even though he is one of those self righteous jerks causing the problems.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 16, 2023 at 4:05 am

    Please please shut up Desantis! Your obvious lying is worse than Guillianis! Someone hold Desantis “hand” to stop him from jumping off a cliff! Desantis is no longer able to distinguish his lies as lies!

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