Governor DeSantis loves to use “freedom” as some sort of cheap tag line to project when he bans books or prohibits businesses from regulating their workplaces for health and safety as they see fit. On the issue of reproductive freedom, DeSantis has been particularly bad through the years, both as a member of Congress and now as Governor.
In 2020, without as much fanfare as would be expected, Governor DeSantis signed a bill meant to trigger a legal challenge that would allow a reinterpretation of the Florida constitution’s privacy clause, which protects abortion access in the state.
During the 2018 GOP Primary, DeSantis was determined to appear even more radicalized than his primary opponent, Adam Putnam. As a result, In a GOP debate, DeSantis pledged to sign legislation to ban abortions “after a heartbeat is detected,” a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
As a member of the U.S House of Representatives, Ron DeSantis voted to defund Planned Parenthood eight times and voted against exceptions to a 20-week abortion ban even when the mother’s life is at stake.