In a recent interview on The Glenn Beck Podcast, Ron DeSantis, the Republican 2024 White House hopeful and governor of Florida, expressed concern that the left would use former President Donald Trump’s comments against six-week abortion bans as a weapon. DeSantis warned that a referendum for a constitutional amendment that allows abortion on demand might appear on the ballot in Florida, which would prevent the legislature from protecting life. He also suggested that the left would use Trump’s criticism of the ban in their campaign against the pro-life cause.
Last week, DeSantis cautioned pro-life voters that Trump would “sell them out” on the issue of abortion. This statement came after Trump, in his first network interview since leaving office, criticized DeSantis’ support of the six-week abortion ban on NBC “Meet the Press,” referring to it as a “terrible mistake.” Trump promised to broker a deal between Republicans and Democrats on the permissible number of weeks into pregnancy for abortion, while also condemning Democrats for their alleged support of late-term abortions.
Although current state law in Florida already prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks, DeSantis signed the Heartbeat Protection Act in April, seeking to restrict abortions after six weeks of gestation. The act includes exceptions for victims of rape, incest, human trafficking, or instances where the baby has a fatal fetal abnormality. The fate of the law will be determined by a court ruling later this year.
Trump later attempted to clarify his criticism, highlighting his role in the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, which he believed gave pro-life Americans leverage. On TRUTH Social, Trump claimed, “For 52 years, people talked, spent vast amounts of money, but couldn’t get the job done. I got the job done! Thanks to the three great Supreme Court Justices I appointed, this issue has been returned to the States, where all Legal Scholars, on both sides, felt it should be.”
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