Ron DeSantis is saying the quiet part out loud: He’s “proud” to have signed an extreme six-week abortion ban that rips away women’s ability to make their own health care decisions before many even know they’re pregnant, threatens to throw doctors in jail, and could force women and young girls to flee the state for care or carry out a medically risky pregnancy.
DeSantis is making clear he firmly stands behind legislation that will have a horrific impact on Florida girls and women.
DeSantis: “‘I signed the bill, I was proud to do it,’ he added. ‘[Trump] won’t answer whether he’d sign it or not.’”
It’s not the first time DeSantis has bragged about his most recent abortion ban while women in Florida suffer under the 15-week ban he signed into law last year.
DeSantis: “Well, our protections for life are protections for unborn child when there’s a fetal heartbeat. And then there’s exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. And that was something that we were very proud to do. It’s going to save a lot of lives in Florida. And it was the right thing to do.”
Washington Post: “Two friends were denied care after Florida banned abortion. One almost died.”
Orlando Weekly: “Middle school-aged incest victim was turned away from Florida abortion clinics under 15-week ban”
CNN: “Florida law allows abortions after 15 weeks if two doctors confirm the diagnosis of a fatal fetal abnormality in writing, but doctors in Florida and states with similar laws have been hesitant to terminate such pregnancies for fear someone will question whether the abnormality was truly fatal. The penalties for violating the law are severe: Doctors can go to prison and face heavy fines and legal fees.”