Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who is seen by many as the leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, made sure to burnish his right-wing credentials on the issue of abortion Thursday morning, signing a restrictive anti-choice law that would ban all abortions at 15 weeks with no exception for women who are victims of rape or incest.
During a signing event at Nacion de Fe church in Kissimmee, DeSantis said he thinks the new law will help in “promoting fatherhood.”
“We are viewing this in terms of protecting life as something that we see through really, if you look at what we’ve done this week, we’re promoting fatherhood in Florida.
“We want our kids to have dads in the home! We want the fathers present. Take responsibility.”
So if a woman is raped, her rapist should be allowed into the home and have full parental rights? What if the pregnant woman was impregnated by her father or brother? Is it “promoting fatherhood” to make a woman have a constant reminder of the trauma she suffered that led to the pregnancy? That seems like a complete perversion of victims’ rights.
DeSantis also said that fatherless families are “one of the worst social trends we have” and made it clear that he and today’s Republican Party do indeed want to take the country back to the 1950s:
“You go back to like the mid-1950s, you didn’t have very many broken families. Now, it’s increased dramatically and it is in every racial or ethnic group. You know, there are some more acute than others. But it has increased across the board. So this is a society-wide problem.”
Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest because he said it “promotes fatherhood.” pic.twitter.com/7bXhMENXs1
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) April 14, 2022
So more pregnancies and fewer abortions will solve the problem of divorce and broken families? That’s absurd.
Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book (D) noted that DeSantis and the GOP are indeed treating victims like the guilty party:
“Should this bill pass in its current form, I am deeply, deeply concerned about what it will mean for women and girls across this state who may become pregnant as a result of rape, incest or human trafficking. We need to give women options all of the time.”
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