Ron DeSantis says Supreme Court ‘controversially’ approved abortion rights amendment
Ron DeSantis isn't happy with his Supreme Court. Image via AP.

DeSantis pro-life
Sean Hannity's audience heard the latest complaints about the citizens' initiative.

Florida’s Governor is griping to a national audience about the state Supreme Court he appointed in the wake of the court greenlighting a citizens’ initiative that could unravel Florida’s restrictive abortion law and enshrine reproductive rights.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is voicing objections even though the same court’s ruling in another case will allow the procedure to be banned after the sixth week of gestation, with the Heartbeat Protection Act taking effect.

“The Supreme Court has upheld the pro-life protection that we’ve enacted into law. They also probably more controversially approved language that the Left has been putting on the ballot to try to turn Florida into like, a California, which would be incredibly radical, overruling parental or parental consent laws having abortion until birth,” DeSantis told Sean Hannity.

“That was a 4-to-3 decision. My view is that the language is very confusing,” DeSantis added.

The Amendment to Limit Government Interference with Abortion, on the ballot as Amendment 4, is simpler than the Governor seems to think.

“No law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s healthcare provider. This amendment does not change the Legislature’s constitutional authority to require notification to a parent or guardian before a minor has an abortion,” the summary reads.

The abortion rights referendum, if it earns at least 60% support in the November 2024 election, would prohibit any law limiting the ability to obtain an abortion before fetal viability — generally between 20 and 25 weeks into a term — or if an abortion is “necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s health care provider.”

DeSantis argued Monday that the abortion referendum and another one the court approved to legalize adult-use cannabis will “have a tough time getting to 60% if people kind of have a sense of what’s going on.”

That 60% number is the threshold for approval.

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


  • Michael K

    April 9, 2024 at 8:11 am

    Nope. The language and intent is not confusing at all. What is confusing is the authoritarian-leaning Republicans in Florida who continually ignore the will of the people and insist on limiting personal freedom – especially for women and minorities.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 9, 2024 at 6:22 pm

      Good evening “tiny D boys”,
      America at the time of my post there is one “Dook Dude” above my post and nine “Dook Dudes” posting below my post.
      Listen up boys y’all tiny “D’s” dont have Vaginas. So why do you pu$$ys think y’all have any right to speak about “Women’s issues such as abortion?
      Not even one of you “tiny D’s” even had the Sage Wisdom to even make up a girl name to try and fool the Sage Earl Pitts American.
      Y’all Aint right to think that any of you should comment on adortion issues.
      And guess what else “tiny D dudes” not one ….. NOT EVEN ONE WOMAN has made a comment …. they are good with Ron “The Ronald DeSantis”
      Shut the €ff up “tiny D boys” you are IRELEVANT.
      Thank you “tiny D boys”,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 7:26 pm


    • rg big G

      April 10, 2024 at 5:22 pm

      Damn right they are a minority ignoring the wishes of the majority, and we should rise up and vote them out

  • Ocean Joe

    April 9, 2024 at 8:18 am

    Lets vote.
    Ohio wake up call on the way for the reactionary holier than thou types who infest our gerrymandered legislature.
    Even ‘el corrupto’ has abandoned them, although you cant trust anything he says.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 9, 2024 at 6:39 pm

      Sorry My Besty Lefty, OJ, I did not intend to lump you in with all those “tiny D’s” as I know you have a Ginormous Johnson and a pair of Low Hangers.
      Thanks OJ,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 7:29 pm


  • Johnfsu

    April 9, 2024 at 8:42 am

    Vote! The Christian facists are coming for your daughter’s wombs. They are coming for your contraceptives next. If we don’t take our freedom back, possessing condoms will be a felony in the very near future.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 9, 2024 at 1:51 pm

      1965: Griswold v. Connecticut made it okay for married couples to purchase and use birth control. (Now the MAGA midgets are trying to resurrect the Comstock Act, 1873, to keep a lid on things.)

  • Tom

    April 9, 2024 at 9:04 am

    So much for ‘We the People’. I guess that only applies when the people like and agree with you otherwise it’s the courts fault for letting the people have some say in how their state is run. He may be churning out nonsense laws on a daily basis but when you start with people’s basic rights being stripped away by politicians (and their donors), he should expect some pushback and hopefully a savage rebuke. That having been said, fetuses will get personhood five minutes after the votes are counted and it will all be moot.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 9, 2024 at 10:26 am

      Agreed, Tom. A story in the press today pointed out that while a half-dozen states have voted to broaden access to reproduction choices, their MAGA legislative majorities and/or governors have done everything they can think of to hem in the choices of the mother.

      In Florida we can look back to the successful former felon voting restoration referendum and how that was greatly diminished by MAGAs, who subsequently launched a series of annual statewide voter purges.

      No rest for the wicked — including us voters and taxpaying citizens!

    • Illlogical

      April 9, 2024 at 2:10 pm

      Nah. If they invoke personhood, they’d have to revise the convoluted and logically inconsistent position on IVF which would piss off a lot of rich people who spend huge sums to implant themselves instead of adopting one of them po’ babies who was forced to be born with their draconian laws. All those little petri dish persons floating around, gotta stay frozen and alive to keep their 2A rights, and if they thaw or throw them out it’s murder. Maybe they can sell more life insurance and annuities. Already states putting into law people get child tax credits and child support for unborn babies from conception, so why not petri dish persons? Then all them rich folk be making more petri dish persons and keeping them on ice for tax breaks. But then you have all the imgants and illegals who be descending on Florida with pregnant bellies or alleged pregnant bellies full of Persons who are now protected entities and bound to be born on US soil making them natural citizens. This presents a conundrum and logical inconsistency. These politicians ain’t too good with that. It makes it easier they are comfortable with being hypocrites.

  • TJC

    April 9, 2024 at 10:18 am

    It’s sweet to see DeSantis get hopping mad about the judges actually making their own decisions rather than trying to please him merely because he appointed them. He and Trump seem to believe they own the judges they appoint, as do all authoritarian “leaders.” But this ain’t Russia, not yet anyway.

  • PeterH

    April 9, 2024 at 11:11 am

    More DeSantis style FREEDUMB!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • ScienceBLVR

    April 9, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    Denial of Abortion access – Let’s call it what it is- just another way for men to control women. One of the main tenets of religious dogma. Women must be faithful and obedient! Emphasis on that last one..

  • jasper green

    April 9, 2024 at 7:55 pm

    i wonder what pro lifers think when they see the images on the news every night about all the dead and dying babies in gaza? abortion is murder but so is war.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 9, 2024 at 8:04 pm

      A couple more tiny “D” dudes “Have Chimed In”. Still zero Females.
      Whats wrong with you tiny “D” leftys?
      Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 8:35 pm


      • Wilbur D

        April 10, 2024 at 8:55 am

        Earl, its an established fact that the the MAGA way is projection. I’m sorry your god given package doesn’t satisfy. Hopefully that jacked up truck makes up for it!

  • Tammy Hamilton

    April 9, 2024 at 8:21 pm

    Right you are michael k & I’m TIRED IF IT!!! Rhonda’s days are # 2026 can’t come fast enough for me!

  • Tammy Hamilton

    April 9, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    Right you are michael k. & I’m TIRED IF IT!!!!

  • Kenneth L Gallaher

    April 10, 2024 at 10:21 am

    80% of voters approve of personal choice.

  • LawLib

    April 10, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    What a crybaby we have for a governor who prothlesizes about his free state.. Sure the legal ” minds” in Tallahassee are already scheming on how to dilute the abortion amendment which will be passed in November.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 10, 2024 at 8:19 pm

      Yep. Tallahassee is loaded with legal genius these days. Pure, unadulterated.

  • Flash Light

    April 11, 2024 at 9:28 am

    Not confusing at all, Rhonda. What’s confusing is that a so-called pro-life governor thinks more guns and more shootings is good for us all.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 11, 2024 at 1:18 pm

      Dee will have to pick up the bill for his security detail after he exits the Tallahassee mansion he haunts. And, it will be at least two years before he can expect another security detail paid for by taxpayers — if then.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 11, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    Does Rhonda ever say anything but “wahhhhh”

  • Jojo

    April 11, 2024 at 9:37 pm

    If desantis thinks the language in the ballot initiative is confusing, he needs to take English 101 again

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