Ron DeSantis will pursue a complete abortion ban in Florida during his second term. It’s why he has steadfastly refused to answer questions about his efforts to eliminate reproductive freedoms. Headlines from states where restrictive abortion bans have already gone into effect shed light on the dangerous future that women and healthcare providers would be subject
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By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, October 6, 2022. The cat’s been out of the bag for some time regarding Republicans’ insincere support for “life.” If “life” were the issue when it comes to abortion, the party would not put reproductive health and lives at risk with forced-birth laws. For that matter, a pro-life politician would
By Tom Bonier, The New York Times, Sept 3, 2022. Mr. Bonier is a Democratic political strategist and the C.E.O. of TargetSmart, a data and polling firm. I’ve watched Americans in recent years acclimate to some very grim realities. Especially since the ascension of Donald Trump, numerous tragedies and extreme policies have been met with little
Editor’s note: Elect Val Demings to be our US Senator on November 8th to represent YOU! After telling Floridians that he supports abortion bans beginning “at the moment of conception” without exceptions for rape and incest, Marco Rubio admitted in a new interview that he knows his position is too extreme for Florida. When asked by NBC6 whether
By Laura Luckert, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sept 4, 2022. “I am woman, hear me roar,” belted out Helen Reddy in her 1972 ballad “I Am Woman.” It was a song that became a rallying cry for the women’s movement during the 1970s, and its lyrics certainly came to mind last month when voters in Kansas – yes,
Editor’s note: Protect women’s reproductive health services and family privacy. Elect Val Demings as our US Senator on November 8th. Marco Rubio once again doubled down on his support for extremist abortion bans during a recent campaign event. After telling Floridians earlier this week that he favors abortion bans with no exceptions for rape and incest and even supports
Editor’s note: Protect women’s reproductive health services and family privacy. Elect Charlie Crist as our governor on November 8th. By Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post contributing columnist, September 1, 2022. Abortion is not a dirty word in Florida. Most voters in the state support abortion rights. Florida has one of the highest abortion rates in the country. And clinics here serve
Last week, Ron DeSantis showcased his strategy of dodging every question on reproductive freedom despite vowing to “expand pro-life protections,” no matter how scared he looks in the process. When asked if he supports a complete abortion ban, DeSantis, who has also said he “look[s] forward” to further abortion restrictions and will “work with the legislature” to pass them,
The following OpEd was published in the Daily Sun on August 26, 2022. By Teresa Jenkins Since 1971, August 26 has been recognized as Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate a woman’s right to vote — when women emerged from their status as second-class citizens. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, is tirelessly working to shove
On Aug 16th, a Florida appeals court upheld a decision to force a 16-year-old to give birth under a ban signed into law by Ron DeSantis in 2020. This news comes as Ron DeSantis has spent the past several months dodging questions about how far he wants to roll back reproductive rights. Earlier this month, DeSantis took the
By Zac Anderson, USA Today Network-Florida, Aug 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren, the chief prosecutor for the 13th Judicial Circuit covering Hillsborough County, after calling him “woke” and accusing him of refusing to properly enforce certain laws. The governor cited positions Warren has taken on abortion laws, gender confirmation surgery and other issues.
Punta Gorda rally highlights reversals for women By Craig Garrett, Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 2, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — Downtown weekends are mostly hushed, blocked streets for a farmers market, visitors sipping hot coffee or a cool beer. But this Saturday was different, as hundreds of people protesting recent limits on reproductive rights arrived
By Maureen Dowd, New York Times Opinion Columnist, June 25, 2022. WASHINGTON — “What is happening here?” a distraught Nancy Pelosi asked on Friday. It’s a good question and I can answer it, because I was there at the start of the corrosive chain of events that led to women losing control of their own bodies.
By Sue Erwin, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, June 24, 2022. Local and state officials reacted to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision ending Roe v. Wade with celebrations and condemnations. Charlotte County Democratic Club President Teresa Jenkins said reproductive rights are essential freedoms. “Yet, I am certain that Florida Republicans will outright ban all abortion
By John Fritze, USA TODAY, June 24, 2022. WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion, a watershed decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and erased a reproductive right that had been in place for nearly five decades. In the court’s most closely watched and controversial case in years, a
By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, June 5, 2022. Washington is broken. Politicians can’t get anything done. They don’t listen to voters. Voters have been making these complaints for decades, but never have they been truer than they are today. The preferences of a supermajority of voters, whether that’s investigating an armed insurrection to topple
Val Demings & Marco Rubio are on opposite ends of abortion debate, but will a single issue mobilize voters?
By Kathryn Varn, USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, May 31, 2022 With all eyes on the Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Marco Rubio and Val Demings stand on opposite sides of the debate over abortion access. And that difference could not have been clearer during two recent events. On May 14, Democratic U.S.
By Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Charlotte County Democrats, May 8, 2022. We are angered, outraged, and offended that women’s lives and their bodies remain subject to political debate. Every poll suggests most Americans support a woman’s right to choose, while Republicans continue to fight to overturn Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.’s draft
Editor’s comment: Charlotte County Democrats and allied organizations were not protesting the lack of action on affordable housing on the local level, but rather at the state level. By Frank DiFiore, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, May 3, 2022. Supportive honks from passing cars were heard at the rally as chants of “Roe Can’t Go”
Draft SCOTUS opinion shines light on DeSantis’ dangerous and unpopular attack on reproductive freedom
Miami, FL — As new reporting on a draft Supreme Court opinion confirms what many have feared, that the Supreme Court is preparing to overturn the decades-long precedent of Roe v. Wade, Ron DeSantis has already shown he’ll stop at nothing to attack reproductive freedom in Florida. Polling of Florida voters earlier this year showed that most voters
By Mary Ziegler, Guest Columnist, The New York Times, Feb 17, 2022. In 2019 a wave of anti-abortion laws swept this country — a common enough event in the United States, where hundreds of such laws have passed during the last decade. But these grabbed the public’s attention in a way many others hadn’t. Georgia banned