A new attack ad targeting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claims it is “cruel” and “inhumane” to protect unborn babies from being killed in abortions.
Florida Politics reports the Remove Ron PAC paid for the video ad as Florida lawmakers consider legislation that would mirror the life-saving new Texas heartbeat law. DeSantis, a pro-life Republican, recently said he “welcomes” pro-life legislation.
“I’m pro-life. I welcome pro-life legislation,” DeSantis said, a comment highlighted in the attack ad. “What they did in Texas is interesting, and I’m going to look more significantly at it.”
Florida House Bill 167 would require abortionists to check for an unborn baby’s heartbeat before doing an abortion and prohibit the abortion if they detect a heartbeat. Typically an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable by about six weeks of pregnancy. The bill also includes a provision unique to the Texas law that would allow private citizens to enforce it by suing abortionists who abort unborn babies in violation of the law.
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The ad slams the legislation as “cruel” and “inhumane,” using quotes from abortion activists about the Texas law.
Here’s more from Florida Politics:
“Really, Ron?” the narrator chides as images of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, both of whom have criticized the bill, flash across the screen. “Even some Republicans call the Texas abortion law extreme, inhumane and unconstitutional. So, what else do you have to say about it, Ron?”
DeSantis’ answer: “What they did in Texas was interesting … and I’m going to look more significantly at it.”
Hogan and Collins are pro-abortion Republicans, so their criticism of the law is no surprise.
The narrator goes on to warn, “We know where you stand, Ron,” and then ends with the misleading assumption that women voters support abortion on demand.
“Next year, Florida’s women will show you where we stand,” the narrator concludes as photos of pro-abortion protesters flash by.
In September, DeSantis said he would welcome a Texas-style bill that would ban abortions, like the one the U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to block. Texas pro-life leaders estimate the law has saved thousands of babies’ lives since Sept. 1.
“I’m pro-life. I welcome pro-life legislation,” DeSantis said when asked about the Texas pro-life law. He added, “I’m going to have to look more significantly at it.”
“It’s a little bit different than how a lot of these debates have gone, so we’ll have to look. I’m going to look more significantly at it,” DeSantis continued.
The Florida governor also noted how powerful the science is about unborn children and how ultrasounds allow people to see the humanity of unborn children.
“But I do think that, at the end of the day, the science on this has been very powerful now for a long time,” he continued. “You go back 40 years ago, what people thought versus what they can see now, very, very powerful. So, I’ve always been somebody that really does support protections for life as best as we can do.”
In 2020, DeSantis signed a law to make sure underage girls obtain a parent’s consent before an abortion, which allows parents to help their daughters make decisions to choose life.