Joe Biden in Tampa blames Donald Trump for ripping away women’s abortion rights
Biden speaks about reproductive rights in Tampa. Image via AP.

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He visited Florida a week before a strict abortion plan goes into effect in the Sunshine State.

President Joe Biden trashed Florida’s six-week abortion ban during a campaign stop in Tampa. And if he wins re-election with Democratic majorities in Congress, he promised to preempt the state law in Florida and nationwide.

“Elect a Democratic Congress and I will make Roe v. Wade the law of the land again,” Biden said.

Biden’s visit to Tampa marked the clearest sign yet that the Democrat believes Florida will be a battleground state in November. The campaign has emphasized that prospect ever since the Florida Supreme Court upheld a ban on abortions six weeks into pregnancy that’s set to go into effect next week.

While the law was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and approved by Republican supermajorities in the Legislature, Biden put responsibility for the law at one man’s feet: former President Donald Trump.

Florida and other states around the country were able to enact more restrictive laws in 2022 after the U.S. Supreme Court, including three Justices appointed by Trump, voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Health decision, ending the constitutional protection for abortion rights.

“Trump bragged how proud he was to get rid of Roe v. Wade. He took credit for it,” Biden said. “He said there has to be punishment for women exercising their reproductive freedom. His words, not mine. He described the Dobbs decision as a miracle. Maybe that’s coming from the Bible he’s trying to sell.”

But Biden said Trump and others now conspicuously avoid campaigning on abortion.

“Donald Trump is worried voters are going to hold him accountable for the chaos he created, folks.” Biden said. “The bad news for Trump is we are going to hold them accountable.”

The President’s re-election campaign has spotlighted personal stories from women affected by abortion bans across the state. In Tampa, Biden was introduced by Kaitlyn Joshua, a Louisiana woman who was denied a medically needed abortion because of a near-total ban on procedures there. She described a wanted pregnancy that ended with her having to pass a non-viable fetus at home.

“I started experiencing major blood loss and pain worse than childbirth. My husband was at work at the time so I drove myself to the emergency room,” Joshua shared. “I was having a miscarriage, but because of the state’s abortion ban, the health care team was afraid to tell me what was happening. They sent me home saying they would pray for me.”

Biden praised the woman both for enduring the pain of the lost pregnancy and for sharing the story publicly. The President also presented the 2024 election as the only remaining safeguard against a federal abortion ban, noting the Republicans in Congress have filed multiple bills seeking a restriction on the practice nationwide.

“If Congress ever passes a ban, I will veto that ban,” Biden promised, and he said Vice President Kamala Harris remained as steadfast a supporter of a woman’s right to choose.

While the Tampa speech focused clearly on reproductive rights, he also raised a few other issues. He expressed a desire to make community college free for all Americans. He also said the court needs Justices to counter threats beyond abortion rights, including potentially overturning marriage equality and access to birth control.

But repeatedly, he brought remarks back to abortion rights, lumping Florida’s law with controversial measures like a recently upheld Arizona law dating back to 1864 that outlaws nearly all abortions, and an Alabama abortion ban courts there recently said applied to in vitro fertilization. Now, he said Florida’s law within days will compromise access to care for 4.4 million women.

“It was Donald Trump who ripped away the rights of women in America,” Biden said. “We would all love to restore those rights for women in America. When you do that, we’ll teach Donald Trump and extreme MAGA Republicans a valuable lesson: don’t mess with the women of America.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Don’t

    April 23, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    Slo Joe has nothing else to run on. Standby for the fear tactics on social security and Medicaire.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 23, 2024 at 4:56 pm

      But does he even need anything else to run on? Trump’s screw up was so colossal, I think not. And the worst part is Trump claims not even to care about abortion, but look what he did.

  • Elly Florida

    April 23, 2024 at 4:57 pm

    That’s the only thing he stands for. Abortion. How about immigration, the economy, education????

    • Don’t

      April 23, 2024 at 4:58 pm

      He can’t campaign on his failures. Only the zombies like Don’t Say can’t see it.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 7:25 am

        Biden had an immigration agreement with Congress that gave Republicans just about everything they wanted while Democrats got spit.

        Unelected House Speaker Trump killed it. Because G0Ps are pussies and Trump grabs them however he wants. And Trump wanted was for the G0P not to get anything done without him because Trump is weak and that would have it clear, even to some MAGAs

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 24, 2024 at 7:40 am

      Do Floridans really get to whine about immigration economy and education when they elected and re-elected Rhonda? Florida has the highest inflation in USA and burns books. For Dog’s sake, get a clue. Please.

      I mean yes, 1st Amendment. You can whine about all that. Never mind how uninformed you make yourself sound by doing so. Might as well be on the street corner preaching about Rapture or Jewish Space Aliens or some other nonsense.

      Dang it, you can’t spend more than a minute or two on the street corner out in public and all. Rhonda would have you arrested for that.

    • Gift Horse

      April 24, 2024 at 8:49 am

      Should Biden look the Trump SCOTUS gift horse in the mouth, declare it to have a rotten tooth, decline the gift Trump gave him, and instead shoot it? Why would Biden do that? Trump had no plans to be President ever again. That much is very clear based on his Presidency. He did things that would result in him never getting a second term. And yet here we are with his trying to get a second term. Why the change of heart mind plan from Trump? Why would he decide being President again was something he wanted to do when he didn’t even want to do it the first time around and it showed?

  • ScienceBLVR

    April 23, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    Infrastructure… say it with me.. Chips act… say it with me lowest unemployment in years, economy charging. Huh? Don’t hear you..

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 24, 2024 at 8:08 am

      Here, I will talk about inflation. Everybody hear this about inflation!

      USA has the lowest rate of inflation in the global economy, meaning the lowest on the planet, but some media outlets claim “USA is the only country and USA has inflation and inflation’s bad so Joe Biden is bad” when the reality is the entire world has inflation and the inflation rate for which Joe Biden can do anything is the best rate on the planet because of what the Biden Administration, working with The Fed, did to address inflation.

      But understanding inflation rates means math. Math requires education. Which party is it that burns books? Who was that who freaked out about math being taught in a mathy way a few years back just because their voters, parents of kids with math homework, couldn’t follow how math works because it wasn’t the non-mathy way they were taught to do math?

      GOPMAGAland is where gravity is thought to be 9.8 meters per second, with a gripe about why it can’t be expressed as feet per second since Americans measure things with their feet and USA is the greatest nation on Earth and flag waving and a little song Jesus loves us yes he do, Jesus loves us but not you. This to you can now be showed. Watch these bombs we drop explode

      Democrat party is where gravity is 9.8 meters per second per second. It’s a rate, not a measurement. The rate can be measured and described in (for) an instant, but it’s a rate.

      “But Joe Biden’s old,” say Trumpzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz fan boys!

      Biden is old but qualified to be President. Trump is old too, but qualified only to be a saw mill.

      To be clear, Trump is not qualified to work at a saw mill. He would lose a leg immediately. He is qualify only to BE a saw mill.

      Or Trump could be a shepherd, perhaps, but only when that shepherd is on break, and only if there’s plenty of dogs to keep an eye on the sheep while Trump pretends to count them.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 8:11 am

        Lols… That was only supposed to be the “GOP” part of “GOPMagaland” in strike-thru font. Hopefully I got that right for this correction. LOLS @ ME

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  • PeterH

    April 23, 2024 at 9:54 pm

    Joe Biden has assembled the brightest advisors to steer America to prosperity. Republicans have blocked their own immigration legislation. Remember that when you vote in November.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 23, 2024 at 10:22 pm

      Your party had the Big House, Congress and the Senate when Slo Joe took over. The first thing Slo did was sign an executive order killing the border wall. While you had the majority, your party did absolutely nothing to stop the flow of illegals entering the US. Now you spin along with the media.

      • Facts

        April 24, 2024 at 1:13 am

        The problem has always required bipartisan cooperation to solve, and when that was reached this year the former guy singlehandedly blocked it. Real statesmanlike – particularly when he did zilch while in office with a Republican Congress.

        • Impeach Biden

          April 24, 2024 at 6:16 am

          Yet you were fine with The Wicked Witch from the West (Nancy Pelosi) blocking everything Trump wanted to accomplish and even tearing up the State of The Union speech by Trump on national TV. That crazy beotch should have been arrested on the spot.

          • PeterH

            April 24, 2024 at 7:24 am

            It’s pretty clear that “impeach Biden” is a fake screen name for discredited Putin puppet Ms Pushaw!
            Meanwhile back in the real world, both of our incompetent, out of touch Florida Senators voted to block Ukrainian military aid. I guess we should expect no less from Florida’s apologists for Vlad Putin and Moscow Majorie! You have to wonder which side our Florida representatives will be on when the day arrives that the USA must support a NATO ally!

          • Dont Say FLA

            April 24, 2024 at 7:29 am

            Some lawbreakers should be arrested on the spot.

            For others, it’s a witch hunt and a hoax.

            Thanks for that, IBS.

            I do hope you are not being paid for these comments. You’re usually pretty awful at this, posting little beyond the talking points drilled into your head over and and over till you believe them and comment-proselytize them

          • Maybe Fried

            April 24, 2024 at 7:30 am

            Peter H,

            Without the United States, there would be no NATO. I am speaking from experience by the way. When you want to talk about incompetence then ask yourself why didn’t Putin invade Ukraine when Trump was President? Then we have Hamas invading Israel and Iran lobbing drones and rockets at Israel as well. The thug leaders around the world do not fear or respect Slo Joe. That’s the fact Jack.

          • Michael K

            April 24, 2024 at 1:35 pm

            Whatabout whatabout whatabout. Always whatabout from Ms. Pooshaw. Never on topic, no susbstance ever.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 7:27 am

        Wah Wah Wah the past isn’t perfect, so IBS says to shoot the future in the foot head

        Biden signed an executive order killing the border wall.? How can Biden kill Trump’s campaign “promise”? That’s all the border wall ever was. 4 years. No wall. No truth. No duh.

        • Impeach Biden

          April 24, 2024 at 7:32 am

          I guess MSNBC, and CNN photoshopped the border wall pictures. That’s where you get your news and of course Fakebook.

          • Dont Say FLA

            April 24, 2024 at 10:22 am

            Sorry, IBS. Cable is for elderlies. I don’t have it.

          • Dont Say FLA

            April 24, 2024 at 10:46 am

            Apologies, IBS. I omitted Facebook. To clarify: I do not have a Facebook. I do have my computer set to actively block Facebook, Facebook tracking, Google, Google tracking, and other social media and other tracking. I work hard at avoiding nonsense. Let’s say a restaurant has no web presence other than a Facebook. That means I will never see that restaurant’s to-go menu which means I will never order anything to-go from that restaurant. It annoys me to no end that may municipalities choose Facebok and Tweeter as their communications platforms. Governments have no business requiring me to surrender myself to manipulation corporations in order to gain access to public information I might need.

            Social media to me what drag queens are to Rhonda. Poison for society. But rather than outlaw social media like Rhonda tries to outlaw drag queens, I just abstain from it myself as any real (not just proclaimed) fan of small government would.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 7:30 am

        IBS it’s SLEEPY Joe. You don’t get to shift Biden nicknames just because of Trumpzzzzzz Daily Napzzzzzzz (TDN) during his criminal court case

        • Impeach Biden

          April 24, 2024 at 7:34 am

          Sleepy, Slo, Incompetent, Incapable, Incapacitated, Shuffling, Mumbling, Drooling. Pick one from many. They all apply.

          • Bill

            April 24, 2024 at 7:37 am

            Nice description of Trump in court this week.

          • Dont Say FLA

            April 24, 2024 at 8:30 am

            I pick “sleepy,” so now please stick with that. It’s hilariouzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          • Mark

            April 24, 2024 at 10:53 am

            The wall that fell down, or the wall that was only partially built in 4 years, or the “wall” that fat, drunk Steve Bannon hoodwinked his followers for, or the wall between you and reality? Or the wall that wall climbers in Tennessee demonstrated could be scaled by anyone, even a 9 year old girl? That wall was built exactly to Drumps wall standards.
            Let’s acknowledge what the wall is: racist propaganda. Some of my fellow ‘Muricans don’t like brown people and want to shoot them on sight, errr fire some warning shots, yeah…that’s it! They fail to understand that due to the nature of the Mexican American War and the fact that many ranches straddled the BORDER or vast tracts are wilderness that a hard enforced border was silly and impractical. Now for 40 years I’ve listened to the reich-wing racists moan about the border like they can magically wall it off. That didn’t work for Hadrian, it didn’t work for China, it didn’t work for East Germany and it won’t work for us. More courts to process and deport, yes deport those with non-viable claims will. More Border Patrol agents, who are screened out for racist and xenophobic beliefs, will.
            “Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.” Gen. George Patton

  • Rae Yepps

    April 24, 2024 at 8:32 am

    Hi remember me? I did it. I’m the one who nailed Stormy and then paid Michael Cohen to hush it up. I also did all the bad stuff with the top secret papers at Maga Lardo. Everybody know I did J6. I even wrote Trump’s speech and forced him to deliver the speech I wrote. And whatever all else Trump and/or MAGA did, that was me. Not Trump. Not MAGA. It was ALLLLLLLL me.

    • Rae Yepps

      April 24, 2024 at 8:35 am

      …speaking of abortion being outlawed and women’s rights their own bodies being trampled by Trump and his SCROTUS picks. Again. THAT WAS ALL ME. I forced Trump to pick those people, and then I forced them to reverse Roe, and then I forced all the MAGA Run States to outlaw medical procedures of any and all varieties directly or tangentially or even potentially involving their vah jay jay.

  • Abort The Court

    April 24, 2024 at 10:20 am

    If President Biden is declared by SCOTUS to have “Absolute Immunity” as President of the USA, he should order Seal Team Six to end some life-appointed terms on the SCOTUS the very next day, appoint some new justices, and then bring the “Absolute Immunity” nonsense to his new SCOTUS to have it immediately reversed.

    And if the new Biden SCOTUS doesn’t reverse “Absolute Immunity,” President Biden should rinse and repeat until the SCOTUS has the correct set of justices to repeal the “Absolute Immunity” nonsense.

  • Sundance

    April 25, 2024 at 5:05 pm

    The good news. Rents and rooms efficiency is 900 to1200 up the other way..better social services and care.

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