Last night, Florida governor and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis signed a near-total abortion ban, banning the medical procedure before most people even know they are pregnant. DeSantis already signed anti-abortion legislation in Florida just last year, placing a 15-week ban on abortions — but today took further steps to solidify his support with the far-right MAGA base who control the Republican Party.
In response to DeSantis’ six-week abortion ban, American Bridge 21st Century Co-Chair Cecile Richards released the following statement:
“Ron DeSantis and 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls have made ending access to safe and legal abortion the primary focus for the Republican Party. Since the Dobbs decision, Republican leaders, including the governor of Florida, have been singularly determined to put the health and lives of women in danger by taking away the fundamental freedom of deciding about pregnancy. These dangerous bans will cause severe harm to people and families all over the state of Florida – particularly people with the least access to medical care.”
“In an effort to shore up support ahead of the Republican presidential primary, DeSantis is ignoring the overwhelming majority of Americans who believe decisions about pregnancy should be left up to a pregnant person and their doctor. While DeSantis continues to push an extreme, out-of-touch, far-right agenda, American Bridge will be there to hold him accountable every step of the way.”
If elected to higher office, DeSantis has hinted that he’s “open to adding some type of constitutional [ban]” at the federal level.
Published: Apr 14, 2023
Last Modified: May 4, 2023