Nikki Fried says Florida GOP bears ‘blood on its hand’ as abortion ban goes into effect

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Evan Power said Democrats want to use the 'ability kill babies' for political gain.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried is slamming her Republican counterpart for calling abortion rights a “manufactured issue.”

A day after President Joe Biden campaigned in Tampa and criticized the state’s impending six-week abortion ban, Fried told press that there is bipartisan support for women’s health care. And she said that will help Democrats compete in November despite underperformance the last two election cycles.

“We know that we have an opportunity to flip the state because independent voters are breaking for Democrats 65-70% In recent election cycles here in our state and reproductive rights are taking center stage this election cycle,” Fried said.

But Republican Party of Florida Chair Evan Power said voters care far more about issues that Biden and Democrats in Washington have ignored.

“Floridians’ top issues are immigration, the economy and inflation; in all three areas Joe Biden has failed,” he told The Associated Press. “Instead of coming to talk to Floridians about manufactured issues, he should get to work solving the real issues that he has failed to lead on.”

Fried and other Democratic leaders called the dismissal of women’s health care as “audacious.”

“I thought when something is manufactured, that meant something is fabricated, or it’s made up,” said state Sen. Shevrin Jones, a Miami Gardens Democrat. “Here’s what I’ll tell you: Unfortunately, you can’t make up or fabricate something that’s now considered law.”

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat who greeted Biden at the airport for his visit, said the President’s decision to have a major policy speech on abortion in Florida showed his recognition of the threat by Republicans on women.

“I’ve heard from doctors who have already left the state of Florida and med students who are not going to train here because they will not be able to get training for the full range of reproductive care,” she said.

Fried said Republicans made the issue central this election cycle by passing laws, and “they will have blood on their hands.”

But Power said voters in Florida support the state’s law and the sanctity of life.

“The only people with ‘blood on their hands’ are the people trying to use the ability to kill babies up until the moment of birth for political gain,” Power posted on social media.

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].


  • Guam Might Tip

    April 24, 2024 at 1:38 pm

    Drama Queen Nikki Fried back up to her old antics. Such an alarmist.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 24, 2024 at 2:21 pm

      The dog that caught the car provides the excuse “but the car was manufactured?”

      Try harder, MAGAs. Nobody else as dummmm as y’all.

    • Rick Scoot

      April 24, 2024 at 2:23 pm

      Hey now. Watch it. I am Florida’s drama queen. Me.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 24, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    If you’re a woman in Miami and you need medical care for your lady parts, Delta is ready when you are.

    Otherwise it’ll be more than a thousand mile drive for ya. I truly hope you survive the drive and arrive alive.

    • Guam Might Tip

      April 24, 2024 at 2:50 pm

      Speaking of drama queens……………

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 2:55 pm

        What? Driving is dangerous AF. People forget that because of all the bullets be flying everywhere, but driving is still dangerous, especially when you’re stressed AF over something to do with your lady bits health.

  • rbruce

    April 24, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Elective abortion is not medical care.

    • JustBabs

      April 25, 2024 at 7:57 am

      How about the emergencies that require immediate medical treatment? These laws are causing women to be denied usual medical treatment when their pregnancies go wrong. Bleeding out in parking lots and at home due to being turned away at the ER is not something we want in the 21st century. How about those who are denied and end up at deaths door, with sepsis, or in surgery, with the low chance of ever conceiving, again. This is NOT rhetoric. It’s real life for women in the looney-tune states of conservative control.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 25, 2024 at 4:24 pm

      Yet outlawing elective abortion outlaws medical care for women. And when medical care is outlawed, only outlaws will have medical care.

  • LexT

    April 25, 2024 at 8:28 am

    What happened to “safe, legal, and rare”? That used to be the Democrat position on abortion. I do not see a compromise number of weeks offered by Democrats. Abortion is the killing of life; the only question is whether you believe the life is sentient. That determines how strongly you value the rights of the unborn child. Without question we treat the killing of a pregnant mother as the killing of two people for murder tests. Instead of anger, propose compromise. This is already a compromise for most Republicans.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 25, 2024 at 4:22 pm

      Betcha if you were given ten different fetuses in jars to pick from, and one of them was human, 9 of out 10 you couldn’t identify the human fetus and neither could anybody else except, perhaps, for biologists that work in the fetal field

  • Sundance

    April 25, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    Manufacturing issues are all 3.
    .people are the ones manufacturing. The issues. Supply and demand demand demand..By the way,. Migrants are not being displaced and companies you shop- in want them

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 26, 2024 at 8:10 am

      It’s a little early for being THAT drunk, so I will infer that somebody’s CS 102 class project is an AI commenter.

      You get a D-. While your commenter does post comments, they don’t make any sense at all.

  • Jojo

    April 27, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    If conservative republicans are really pro life, why don’t they care enough about the victims of gun violence to do something about the laws that allow easy access to arms?
    If they care about women and their health, what don’t they allow them to make their own medical decisions?
    I could go on but it seems that the ONLY lives they value are the unborn

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 28, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    JOJO, bottom line, gop cares way more about money and power than service to the populace. so, what they say is to hide what they do.

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