Democrats drag Rick Scott on second anniversary of Dobbs decision
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Abortion attacks continue against the GOP incumbent.

Florida Democrats will be the first to tell you that reproductive rights are on the November ballot, and they say that doesn’t just apply to the constitutional amendment in play.

For potential Democratic Senate nominee Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, her challenge to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott illustrates what’s at stake when it comes to abortion rights in the Sunshine State and beyond.

“Extremist Republicans like Rick Scott have made it clear they won’t stop at overturning Roe v. Wade — they’ll attack access to contraception and IVF, too,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

She issued a statement coinciding with the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that reverted abortion law to the states and reversed court precedent established in 1973’s Roe v. Wade.

“In the last two years, Rick Scott has cosponsored a national abortion ban and backed Florida’s abortion ban that will only increase rates of maternal mortality and violence against women. And when corrupt politicians like Rick Scott take away one right, they never stop there,” Mucarsel-Powell added.

“This month, Scott has voted against bills to protect access to IVF and contraception. No politician should have the right to decide when a woman can start her family. In November, Floridians will hold Scott accountable for his dangerous agenda.”

For his part, Scott is saying he will protect in vitro fertilizationnoting in an ad that his own daughter is using the procedure for family planning. But he voted against advancing the Right to IVF Act this month in the Senate all the same, as Republicans united to stop Democrats from getting their language to the floor.

Third-party groups trying to ensure Scott is a single-term Senator are singing from the same hymnal.

“Over the past two years, women have been turned away from hospital rooms, sent to court to plead for permission to receive health care or forced to carry pregnancies to term with no chance of survival. Anti-choice extremists like Rick Scott are entirely responsible, he spent years fighting to overturn Roe and celebrated its downfall,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried. “Floridians will remember Scott’s record and hold him accountable for his endless assault on women’s freedom to make their own medical decisions.”

“Scott has a long record of using the government to interfere in reproductive health care and hold him accountable. Throughout his time as a self-serving politician, Senator Rick Scott has called for banning abortion care, limiting access to contraception, and injecting politicians into the personal medical decisions of patients and their doctors,” reads a statement from the progressive Scott Watch.

“While the Dobbs decision was the end of a long path in the fight against reproductive freedom, the road to get there was paved brick-by-brick through the actions of extreme politicians like Rick Scott whose attacks on patients’ access to abortion care, contraception, and family planning treatments like IVF led us to the reality millions of Floridians are forced to deal with today.”

National Democrats note that Florida’s abortion law has had dire, seemingly unintended consequences. An email to press from the Democratic National Committee notes that because of Florida’s law, which now bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, a woman was forced to “carry her pregnancy to term knowing that there was no chance of survival.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


6 comments

  • ScienceBLVR

    June 24, 2024 at 9:43 am

    Listen up Rick, my body my life- I’m gonna control mine just like your daughter gets to do…perhaps Petty put it best..
    Well, I won’t back down
    No, I won’t back down
    You can stand me up at the gates of hell
    But I won’t back down
    No, I’ll stand my ground
    Won’t be turned around
    And I’ll keep Rick Scott from draggin’ me down
    Gonna stand my ground
    And I won’t back down
    Well, I know what’s right
    I got just one life
    In a world where Men keeps pushin’ me around
    But I’ll stand my ground
    And I won’t back down

    • Impeach Biden

      June 24, 2024 at 10:27 am

      Good morning Rebekah Jones. Yes it is your body and I’m sure many FSU frat boys have seen it. I’m sure it has been road hard over the years.

  • Michael K

    June 24, 2024 at 11:47 am

    Rick Scott has no concern for women. The women in his family have the financial means to do whatever they please, wherever they want. Millions of Floridians, and Americans, do not have that luxury, let alone own a private jet. As a spineless Trump sycophant, he will bend with the wind to make sure the vast majority of American women are denied the freedom to make their own reproductive health decisions. It’s all about cruelty and control;

  • Dark Brandon

    June 24, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    Road or rode, dumbass? And how many women (most likely not college girls) have seen you naked? I always find it interesting that men who feel threatened by women try to attack or shame them from a sexual standpoint. So, Impeach Biden, your post says more about what a small man you are than having any relevant negative reflection on Rebekah.

    • ScienceBLVR

      June 24, 2024 at 10:38 pm

      You are so right about Peachy, DB. His other favorite $exual shaming target is our VP who he’s always accusing of being in her position because of some imagined $exual misdeeds. But he has a really strange obsession with Rebekah.. real men do sometimes eat quiche and can handle a strong woman, but Peachy must have a very small pea and experienced deep emotional trauma with the female gender at some point…A Mama thing, maybe?

  • MH/Duuuval

    June 24, 2024 at 10:28 pm

    “… because of Florida’s law, which now bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, a woman was forced to “carry her pregnancy to term knowing that there was no chance of survival.”

    This would be hyperbole except it’s already fact in Texas and Florida will be no different.

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