According to a recent report from Jezebel, Florida governor and 2024 GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis said that he’s always been open to “adding some type of constitutional [ban]” on access to an abortion.
The report highlights that DeSantis signed extreme, anti-abortion legislation in Florida just last year — placing a 15-week ban on abortions. It also warned that DeSantis recently told reporters that he would “welcome’’ a six-week ban — before most people know they are pregnant.
Jezebel: Ron DeSantis Said He Supported a Constitutional Ban on Abortion Back in 2012
By: Caitlin Cruz | March 17, 2023
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been open to ‘adding some type of constitutional protection for life’ (that is, against a woman’s right to choose) since at least 2012, when he was first running for Congress. ‘I’ve basically said, the Constitution leaves the matter of abortion to the states…Now, if you want to talk about adding some type of constitutional protection for life, I’ve always been open to that,’ DeSantis said in an interview with The St. Augustine Record editorial board more than a decade ago.”
“Since then, DeSantis has put his anti-abortion beliefs into practice. He signed a 15-week abortion ban into law in April 2022, just months before Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. DeSantis has defended his anti-abortion stances as being ‘pro-family.’ After this year’s state of the state address, DeSantis told reporters that he would ‘welcome pro-life legislation.’”
“Now, DeSantis appears to be set to challenge fellow Florida man Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, and DeSantis seems to be employing every possible strategy to beat him. That brings us to the potential six-week abortion ban that state legislators have proposed (House Bill 7 and Senate Bill 300) and that DeSantis would most definitely sign into law. When asked about the six-week ban last month, DeSantis was straightforward: ‘I’ve urged the legislature to work, to produce good stuff, and we will sign.’”
Read the full report here.
Published: Mar 20, 2023