National | Steven Ertelt | Jun 14, 2021 | 9:06AM | Washington, DC
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a long pro-life track record as the leader of one of the largest states in the nation. He has signed pro-life legislation to save babies from abortions and worked hard to protect Florida’s seniors from the coronavirus at a time when Democrat governors like Andrew Cuomo signed orders that resulted in killing thousands.
When it comes to the politicians in Washington, most Americans are tired of the backroom deals that are made and the shady “swamp” that President Donald Trump and so many Americans strongly oppose. In recent comments, DeSantis says pro-abortion politicians are the ones who are usually mired in that political muck and said they are the “first ones” to “sell out to the D.C. establishment.”
In an interview Wednesday with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Mary Margaret Olohan, DeSantis responded to Olohan’s question about how American voters can distinguish between a superficial politician who simply wants their votes to get ahead, and one who is willing to fully engage in the important cultural battles.
“The people that aren’t supportive of the life cause, they’re not people you want to be in a foxhole with on any other political battle. They are the first ones who will sell out to the DC establishment when the going gets tough.”
One of the keys to determining that character difference lies in whether the politician is truly supportive of the right to life, the governor said.
“I think, here’s what I tell people, in terms of right to life,” he explained. “It’s important, obviously on its own, but the people that, that aren’t supportive of the life cause, they’re not people you want to be in a foxhole with on any other political battle as well.”
DeSantis talked about his pro-life accomplishments as governor and the challenges he faced once elected:
Well here’s the thing on right to life. When I became governor, I inherited the most liberal Supreme Court in the United States: there was a four to three split by the time I became governor. But I was able to replace three of the liberals to make it a six to one court, and that’s important because Florida had the worst abortion jurisdiction – jurisprudence – in the country, way worse than even things like Planned Parenthood v. Casey. So, we’ve changed that. Now we’ve been able to advance pro-life legislation.
When it comes to protecting unborn children from abortion, DeSantis has put his money where his mouth is. Last year, DeSantis signed a pro-life bill to require parental consent on abortion, even though leading abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood opposed it.
Senate Bill 404 requires a girl under 18 to have at least one parent’s permission before going through with an abortion. The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies and allows a judge to grant permission instead of a parent. It also increases the penalties for not caring for an infant born alive during an abortion.
DeSantis was one of the featured speakers at the Susan B Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, earlier this year.
The governor said he wanted to pro-life Americans to know he has a “clear message that we will do everything we can to protect the unborn.”
“Building a culture of life requires us to champion policies that fight for our most vulnerable”‘ the excerpt read. ‘Today is about applauding the tireless work of advocates like the Susan B. Anthony List team who defend life with vigor.”
DeSantis touted his record of appointing judicial conservatives to the Florida Supreme Court, saying he favored state Supreme Court justices who “respect the rule of law and religious liberty.”
In fact, last year, DeSantis chose Jamie R. Grosshans, a pro-life attorney from the Orlando area, to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court.
Grosshans has a strong conservative record and has worked with the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Central Florida Christian Legal Society. In addition to doing pro bono work for pro-life pregnancy resource centers, she and her husband also have been advocates for young girls who are being pressured into aborting their unborn babies.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL ARTICLE