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GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts to U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade

By: - June 24, 2022 2:32 pm

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s 15-week abortion ban into law on April 14, 2022. Credit: Governor Ron DeSantis Facebook.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently signed a 15-week abortion ban in Florida, responded Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

He did not reference a potential special session to further restrict or fully ban abortion in Florida. The current 15-week ban begins July 1.

Here’s the tweet from the governor:

The first sentence is:

“By properly interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has answered the prayers of millions upon millions of Americans.”

Following that, the tweet said:

“The prayers of millions have been answered. For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited virtually any meaningful pro-life protection, but this was not grounded in the text, history or structure of the Constitution. By properly interpreting the Constitution, the Dobbs majority has restored the people’s role in our republic and a sense of hope that every life counts.

“Florida will continue to defend its recently-enacted pro-life reforms against state court challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care and child welfare.”

The language of the tweet made sense in that DeSantis is affiliated with the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, the conservative-to-libertarian group that promotes as an “originalist” or “textualist” approach to jurisprudence. In practice, that means members tend to oppose economic regulation, affirmative action, and marriage equality and to support states’ rights.

DeSantis is in a reelection campaign for governor this year and he is widely considered a presidential candidate for 2024.

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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