Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in a new interview today that he is “ready to sign” a heartbeat bill to protect babies from abortions.
But first, the Florida legislature needs to pass such an abortion ban and get it to his desk.
During a press conference in Fort Lauderdale Thursday, a reporter asked DeSantis if he would “take the lead” on the heartbeat bill, which would ban abortions starting at 6 weeks when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable on a sonogram.
“I’m willing to sign great life legislation. That’s what I’ve always said I would do,” DeSantis said in response.
DeSantis also defended the right to life of unborn children saying that with abortion “another life is at stake.”
“At the end of the day, government was instituted for certain reasons. To protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” DeSantis said.
Such an abortion ban would improve upon the 15-week ban DeSantis already signed this year that is protecting babies from abortions at that point.
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“We’re here today to protect life,” Governor DeSantis said at a large ceremony to sign the 15-week back earlier this year. “We’re here today to defend those who can’t defend themselves.”
The governor said the bill “protects the rights of unborn children starting at 15 weeks. This is a time where these babies have beating hearts. They can move, they can taste, they can see, they can feel pain, they can suck their thumb, and they have brain waves.”
“Life is a sacred gift worthy of our protection, and I am proud to sign this great piece of legislation which represents the most significant protections for life in the state’s modern history,” he said.
During the gubernatorial campaign, DeSantis condemned abortion.
When asked about abortion, the Republican governor recalled the story of a poor Jamaican woman who nearly went through with an abortion 40 years ago. DeSantis said the woman was urged to have an abortion and even went to her appointment, but she chose life for her unborn daughter instead, according to an RNC Research video from the debate.
“I think about that because a few months ago I appointed her daughter to be the first Jamaican-American justice in the history of the Florida Supreme Court,” DeSantis said. “I just think we’re better when everybody counts. I understand not everyone is going to be born in perfect circumstances, but I would like to see everybody have a shot.”